AWARDS: Last chance to enter

New bursary of £100 for club with Young Volunteer of the Year

THERE’S just a few days left to send in your nominations for Rugby’s annual sports awards.

It’s a great chance to recognise the best achievements and dedication of 2010.

And there’s a special significance this year to one of the awards.

The Young Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented in memory of Rugby Rokeby Lion Geoff Thompson, who died in December.

And it will include a bursary of £100 to be used by club or organisation with which the winner is involved.

Vice-president of Rugby Rokeby Lions, John O’Rourke explained: “Geoff was very passionate about his youth work and very keen on sport. And being a Lion he was obviously a volunteer.

“We wanted to commemorated his work with the Lions by honouring him in some way

and by sponsoring this award it fitted all the attributes Geoff was keen on.

“He was involved with youth projects so this seemed a fitting way of marking all the good work that he did.”

The Lion Geoff Thompson Young Volunteer of the year Award will initially run for five years and will recognise a positive role model who shows great commitment to their sport.

It runs alongside the Simon Warwood Memorial Award for Young Team of the Year which has been presented for many years in memory of the talented young sportsman who loved football and cricket and was an excellent clubman.

*** There are new sponsors for two other categories, with the Club of the Year being sponsored by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership, 2012 Games and the Unsung Hero Volunteer award being supported by Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action.

The Ken Marriott Leisure Centre continues to sponsor the Excellence in Sport Awards.

These Excellence awards provide £100 to under 18s competing at national or regional level to help with equipment or training.

*** This is the 16th time Rugby Borough Council and the Rugby Advertiser have joined forces to recognise the best of sporting talent and dedication, supported by Rugby FM.

For individual achievers, nominations are being sought for Sportsman of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year, for whom 2010 will be one to remember.

There is also the ever-popular Coach of the Year award, which is the perfect way to show how your coach or team manager how much you appreciate them.

And the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising those who have dedicated their time and effort into helping others over many years.

New sponsors for these four categories would be welcomed.

*** If you know someone who spends many hours coaching or volunteering in a sports club, or a talented individual who has had an especially good year, nominations are now open.

They are welcome for successes and achievements between January 1 and December 31, 2010 and juniors are classed as aged 18 and under on August 31, 2011.

All applications will be judged by a panel and those shortlisted will be invited to attend the award ceremony on March 23, 2011.

The deadline for entries is Monday, February 7.

Nomination forms are available from the Advertiser reception in Albert Street or by visiting www.rugby.gov.uk/sportsawards

Alternatively you can request a nomination form - or find out more about sponsoring a category - by emailing sportsdevelopment@rugby.gov.uk or telephoning (01788) 533748.