Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - MARK ORMEROD Di­rec­tor of Leap, the Bucks and MK Sport and ac­tiv­ity part­ner­ship

HOW of­ten do you hear some­one com­plain that the true un­sung he­roes of the hour are never fully ap­pre­ci­ated?

You know the sort – the man who gets up at the crack of dawn ev­ery week to cut the grass on the pitch and lays the freshly-washed kits out so your child can play their favourite sport.

Or there’s the vol­un­teer who, come rain or shine, makes the tea and serves the re­fresh­ments so that oth­ers can en­joy watch­ing or play­ing their weekly foot­ball match.

All too of­ten, these peo­ple go qui­etly about their business with­out any­one re­ally ap­pre­ci­at­ing the mas­sive ef­fort they put in be­hind the scenes to al­low ev­ery­one else to have a great time.

Well, if you know some­one like this, here is your chance to en­sure their name and deeds are shouted from the rooftops.

Nom­i­na­tions are still open for the 11th Bucks and MK Sport Awards but they close on Au­gust 16, and there will sadly be no ex­tra time for any­one miss­ing the deadline.

We have had lots of en­tries so far, but more would be very much ap­pre­ci­ated to get the best pos­si­ble spread of rep­re­sen­ta­tion at our glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony, to be held on No­vem­ber 18 at Ayles­bury’s Water­side Theatre.

Cat­e­gories will be: Ac­tive Work­place of the Year; Club of the Year; Project of the Year; Pri­mary School of the Year; Sec­ondary School of the Year; Vol­un­teer of the Year; Young Leader of the Year; Com­mu­nity Coach of the Year; Per­for­mance Coach of the Year; Terry Cook Un­sung Hero of the Year.

So, if you know some­one wor­thy of one of these awards, please make sure you nom­i­nate them – or you may leave your hero with a zero chance of win­ning.

To nom­i­nate, go to www.leap­ or for more in­for­ma­tion call the Leap of­fice on 01296 585 215.

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