Nominations open for county awards

Nottinghamshire County Council and Sport Nottinghamshire are seeking nominations for the 23rd annual Nottinghamshire Sports Awards.

Nominations opened this week for the annual awards which seek to recognise achievements at both a grassroots level and in professional sport across the county in recent months.

The closing date for nominations is Sunday, November 30 and the awards will be presented during a ceremony on Wednesday, February 4 at the Nottingham Conference Centre with more than 400 invited guests expected to attend the event.

Sporting highlights over the last year include the many medals won by various Nottinghamshire athletes at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Nottinghamshire Ladies T20 success at finals day, Nottingham Panthers retaining the Challenge Cup and Ellie Downie’s recent success at the Youth Olympics.

Councillor John Knight, committee chairman for culture at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are very pleased to once again seek nominations for the annual Nottinghamshire Sports Awards.

“The nominations provide everyone with a chance to highlight examples of great work and sporting achievement across the county. The awards night is always a great occasion to celebrate our sporting talent and excellence in Nottinghamshire.”

In total, 14 categories are open for nominations from individuals or clubs. Five categories are dedicated to recognising the talents and achievements of young people.

The full list of categories is: Junior Team, Junior Volunteer, Junior Disabled Sportsperson, Junior Sportsperson, Young Coach, Team, Volunteer, Disabled Sportsperson, Sportsperson, Performance Coach, Community Coach, Club, Sporting School of the Year.

For all these categories the qualifying period is December 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014.

The final category is the Roll of Honour which recognises Nottinghamshire residents who have devoted their lives to sport in the county. No time frame is placed on this category.

Last year’s award winners included - Nottingham Panthers (Team of the Year), Ollie Hynd (Disabled Sportsperson of the Year), Collingham Tennis Club (Club of the Year), Elise Christie (Sportsperson) and Ellie Downie (Junior Sportsperson).

For more details and to make a nomination, visit the Nottinghamshire County Council website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/sport.