Nominations are being sought from the community for Teignbridge District Council’s glittering Sports and Community Awards.
With 13 categories to choose from, including team and individual prizes, the deadline for nominations is midnight Friday 22 September. Those short-listed will then be invited to this year’s Sports Personality Awards, sponsored by Kitsons Solicitors, held on Friday 1 December at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren.
This year the event includes a number of new categories to recognise, reward and celebrate what makes Teignbridge such a thriving sporting community through volunteering, business, and charitable organisations.
In a first for the Awards, the new People’s Champion 2017 award will be decided by an online vote taken through the night on social media. Teignbridge Sports and Community Awards has become one of the largest events of its kind. It recognises and rewards a wide range of athletes, teams, volunteers, coaches and unsung heroes for their hard work and dedication to sport, health and physical activity in many local communities across the district.
Teignbridge is proud of their long-term commitment in providing opportunities for healthy active lifestyles, outlined in the Council’s Ten Year Strategy. With such a varied offering of leisure facilities, open spaces and events accessible to communities, the Council is keen to provide an array of inclusive leisure and sports facilities that benefit local people.
You can nominate on the following categories at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/sportscommunityawards
Sport, Health and / or Community Champion In recognition of an individual or a team who has shown true dedication to a sport, health, or community within the Teignbridge District from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017.
Personal Achievement Award In recognition of an individual who has achieved a personal goal in the local community or overcome a fear, exceeded their expectations and achieved success within Teignbridge from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017.
Unsung Hero Award In recognition of an individual or team that has shown dedication and success in the public, private or voluntary sector within their local community from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017. This may be an act of kindness, a devoted fundraiser, a life-saving incident, or an all-round hero within the Teignbridge District.
Coach / Manager of the Year Award In recognition of an individual who has led a team, squad or individual to success in the sporting or community setting from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017.
Community School of the Year Award In recognition of a school / college that has shown commitment, dedication and success in sport and / or community engagement throughout 2017. Please include all achievements and successes from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017.
Young Persons Services to Sport and Community In recognition of a young person who has contributed significantly to their community in sport, health or as part of a socially responsible business from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017.
Junior Sports Person of the Year In recognition of an individual who has achieved local, regional or national success within their sport from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017 or conversely experienced success in a variety of sports.
Senior Sports Person of the Year In recognition of an individual who has achieved local, regional or national success within their sport from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017 or conversely experienced success in a variety of sports
Team of the Year Award (Sport or Community) In recognition of a team who have achieved local, regional or national success within their sport, charity or community from 15 September 2016 – 14 September 2017.
Business Contribution to Sport and / or Community In recognition of a business that has contributed to sport and / or the community through financial and / or non-financial means.
Charity Contribution to Sport and / or Community In recognition of a Charity that has contributed to sport and / or the community through financial and / or non-financial means.
PR and Media in Sport and / or Community Award In recognition of an individual or team that has shown outstanding contribution to promoting sport and / or community achievements from Teignbridge in the last 12 months eg. media firms, PR team / officers, photographers, TV / radio businesses and more.
Lifetime Achievement Award (Sport or Community) In recognition of an individual that has achieved a Lifetime of outstanding contribution to sport or community.
The People’s Champion 2017 (voted online throughout the night via social media from the final shortlisted nominees).
Cllr Phil Bullivant, Teignbridge District Council's executive for recreation and leisure said:
"Every year we seek to recognise the outstanding achievements of teams and individuals who go that extra step towards achieving success in their chosen sporting activity. Whether it's through their efforts on the field or by working behind the scenes we believe that their efforts and results deserve the public recognition that our Annual Awards seeks to give.
"We have seen how their achievements have encouraged greater numbers to be involved in sporting activity and thereby gain the benefits that this provides.
"Involvement in sports is a key element in our Teignbridge strategy because of the benefits it brings to residents. We believe in facilitating more involvement through the support and investments we make and this is a cornerstone of Teignbridge's long term plans.
"We work together with local businesses to make our Awards programme a success. We thank all of those involved and look forward to a hugely enjoyable event."
James Cross, Managing Partner at Kitsons Solicitors said:
“We are delighted to once again be supporting the Teignbridge Sports Awards as the lead sponsor. At Kitsons we see ourselves as part of the community with a long history and local ties. As keen sports people we like to take the sporting ethos of preparation, commitment and dedication and put those sporting qualities into the way we work. So with our sense of community and our love of sport it’s fantastic for us to be able to assist where we can in helping to acknowledge and recognise sporting success in our local community. It’s not too late to get your nominations in and thank you Teignbridge for doing this award evening so well.”