Sports coaches, schools and clubs in Shropshire will be honoured for their work at a new awards ceremony being held in the summer.
The Ball Sports Awards and Appreciation Dinner, in association with Sport Oswestry, will take place on July 8 – and nominations are now open for potential winners.
Organisers from Ball Sports Community Coaching say the awards have been established to raise the profile of the many unsung heroes who help people, young and old, to enjoy sport.
Nominations are open to individual coaches, schools and clubs in North Shropshire, Powys and Wrexham.
There are eight categories – School of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, PE Co-ordinator of the Year, Young Leader of the Year, Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity, Fair Play Award, School Sports Games Performance of the Year, and the Sport Oswestry Members Contribution to a School or Community Project.
Neil Prescott, director of Ball Sports Community Coaching, said: “The aim of the awards is to recognise and appreciate the hard work, effort and dedication that individuals, clubs, organisations and schools put into developing sport.
“A lot of people do a huge amount of work in a voluntary capacity to keep their respective clubs going, and we know from working with them that they never get the recognition they deserve.
“So we wanted to give them the opportunity to be congratulated and thanked for their dedication to sport in their community.”
For more information about how to nominate someone for an award, visit www.ballsportscoaching.co.uk and click on the ‘awards’ button. People can also use the Ball Sports Coaching mobile app, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations close on May 31.
The awards ceremony will be held at The Marches School, Oswestry, on July 8, with a hog roast, guest speaker and entertainment throughout the evening.
Proceeds from the event will go to Shropshire-based charity, Climbing Out, which gives opportunities to young people who have been affected by a life-changing illness or accident.
The charity was formed by Kelda Wood, who battled back after seriously injuring her leg, and runs outdoor activity programmes which inspire and motivate young people to reach their full potential.
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Ball Sports will also be launching The Ball Sports Foundation at the awards dinner which will benefit disadvantaged youngsters, schools and clubs for sports coaching and projects that cannot be funded by normal routes.
With an increase in workload Ball Sports are interested in hearing from individuals who are keen to explore opportunities in sports coaching. For more information visit the website at www.ballsportscoaching.co.uk