Nom­i­na­tions for sport ‘Os­cars’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

NOM­I­NA­TIONS are now open for the pres­ti­gious awards that re­ward the peo­ple who make grass-roots sport hap­pen in Bucks.

The 10th an­nual Bucks and MK Sport Awards will be held later this year, and the public is be­ing urged to help or­gan­is­ers iden­tify the in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions to be hon­oured.

Chair­man of Leap, the county sport and ac­tiv­ity part­ner­ship which co-or­di­nates the event, Roger Fen­nemore, said: “This is the Bucks and MK sport­ing ver­sion of the Os­cars, with the mes­sage be­ing to recog­nise the peo­ple be­hind the peo­ple in sport – all the vol­un­teers who make things hap­pen be­hind the scenes. We want to re­ward the coaches, the ref­er­ees, the club of­fi­cials and all the other ded­i­cated he­roes who work tire­lessly all year round purely for the love of their sport.”

Last year’s awards cer­e­mony was at­tended by more than 200 peo­ple at Ayles­bury Water­side Theatre af­ter a record num­ber of nom­i­na­tions. The event was hosted by Par­a­lympic gold medal rower Naomi Riches and for­mer Eng­land hockey player Roger Dakin.

This year’s event will be held on De­cem­ber 4 at the same venue.

Mr Fen­nemore added: “Last year was fan­tas­tic, but we want to do even bet­ter this time. We have be­gun the nom­i­na­tion process a bit ear­lier this year to give as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble the chance to join in, but I’d urge them to act fast be­cause the dead­line will be upon us be­fore we all know it.”

The cat­e­gories for awards will be the same as last year: Ac­tive Work­place of the Year; Club of the Year; Project of the Year; School of the Year; Terry Cook Un­sung Hero of the Year; Vol­un­teer of the Year; Young Leader of the Year; Com­mu­nity Coach of the Year; Per­for­mance Coach of the Year.

Nom­i­na­tions of­fi­cially opened on Mon­day, June 1, and will end on Mon­day, Septem­ber 14.

To nom­i­nate, go to www.leap­withus.org.uk/ sportawards or call the Leap of­fice on 01296 585 215.

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