Search on for sporting heroes

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Bolsover District Council has started its search to find the stars and unsung heroes of the sporting world from the past year.

The council is on the lookout for dedicated local sportspeople and their sporting successes from the past 12 months so they can be recognised in the annual ‘Bolsover District Sports Awards’.

The awards are split into ten categories, including Sportsperson of the Year, Club of the Year, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year, Community Coach of the Year and Young Sports Leader with each category up for grabs.

Celebrating the sporting success of athletes and those involved in sport from the loyal supporter to the title-winning champion, the awards are a way of recognising the achievements of athletes and those involved in sport at all levels, who either live in Bolsover district or who attend clubs or schools within the district.

Bolsover District Council Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Cllr Ann Syrett said, “These awards are our way of saying thank you – thank you to all those unsung heroes who dedicate their life to sport and thank you to those athletes who have achieved something in their discipline and putting Bolsover district on the map. We have some excellent sports stars in our district, who have achieved international recognition and more, but we want to help them celebrate their success at a grass roots level where it all began.”

Each category has qualifying criteria and must be based upon performances from September 2010 to August 2011.

Nominations can be received from any individual, club or team involved in schools or sports organisations within Bolsover district and the nominee must be involved in a sport recognised by Sport England.

Cllr Syrett added, “Sport is not just about playing the game, it still needs people behind the scenes organising fixtures, raising funds and coaching people to make sport the success it is today.

“So, it could be that your team has completed the league and cup double, you have a lifelong supporter who helps run the club or a member of your club has displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement– whatever it is, get them nominated so we can recognise and reward those involved in sport.”

The awards ceremony will take place at Kissingate Leisure Centre, Shirebrook on Friday, September 23, and the winners of the Bolsover District Awards will be submitted for the Derbyshire Sports Awards, which then feed into the BBC East Midlands and BBC National Sports Awards.

Nomination forms are available to complete on-line at www.bolsover.gov.uk/sports-awards, by telephoning (01246) 593066 or you can pick one up from the council offices or leisure centres.