Recognising Community Sporting Heroes in West Midlands
Posted: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:16
Nominations are now open for the West Midlands Community Sports Awards, recognising community sporting heroes from across the region.
The awards were officially launched with a VIP event this week, held in conjunction with headline sponsors 360 Sport & Fitness, the new state-of-the-art home for University of Birmingham Sport.
We are now urging people across the region to nominate their local sporting heroes, especially those whose lives have been improved through the power of physical activity and sport.
Winners will be selected at the Community Sports Awards in each of the County Sports Partnership areas where they will be given a 'golden ticket' into the West Midlands Community Sports Awards (WMCSA) on 30 November at Villa Park, presented by Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes from BBC Midlands.
GB paracanoeist Kelda Wood, who won Community Project of the Year at the last awards in 2014 for her outdoor activity initiative, Climbing Out, was one of the guest speakers at the launch event.
She said: "I cannot thank the organisers of the West Midlands Community Sports Awards enough for the award we were given in 2014. Climbing Out is a charity that supports young people to change their lives using the power of sport and I have no doubt that the awareness and confidence created when we won this award had a direct impact on the success of our programme."
Chris Child, chair of the WMCSA and director of Energize Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, said: "There are so many fantastic individuals, clubs and initiatives helping to make a difference in local communities across the West Midlands through sport and we are proud to be able to recognise some of those. But we need communities to put their names forward.
"If you know somebody who deserves recognition, nominate them via your local sports awards and we could be welcoming them on stage at Villa Park. It's a fantastic opportunity to say 'thank you' and 'well done' to those who deserve it."
Zena Wooldridge is Director of Sport at the University of Birmingham, which opens its new £50m sports facility in the autumn. 360 Sport & Fitness will fill some critical gaps in community provision, and will include Birmingham's first 50 metre pool.
Zena said "We are delighted to sponsor this year's West Midlands Community Sports Awards, which very nicely coincide with the opening of 360 Sport & Fitness. The awards showcase the power of sport to change lives, and the vital role of community sport, it's clubs, coaches, volunteers and many others who collectively form the backbone of sport across our great sporting nation. These awards are so important in showcasing and celebrating some extraordinary contributions to the success of community sport. It's always an evening to make us feel proud."
The West Midlands Community Sports Awards is run by six County Sports Partnerships across the region; Black Country BeActive Partnership; Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Sport; Energize Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin; Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent; Sport Birmingham; and Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire.
Categories include Coach of the Year, Community Club of the Year, Community Project of the Year and Aspiring Talent, as well as two special BBC awards; the BBC Local Radio Power of Sport Award and BBC Unsung Hero Award, the winner of which is put forward for the national title at BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
One individual or team will also be inducted into the BBC Midlands Sporting Hall of Fame, joining previous winners including Sir Stanley Matthews, Dennis Amiss, Gordon Banks, Dave Moorcroft and Richie Woodall.
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