AWARDS: Time to enter regional sports awards

The 2011 winners

The 2011 winners

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The nomination process for the region’s largest professional and amateur sport award ceremony is now open.

This year’s Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards will see a total of 15 titles handed out with categories ranging from Team of the Year and Unsung Hero to PE Teacher of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement award.

The eighth annual awards ceremony will be held at St Johns Hotel, on Warwick Road, Solihull on Thursday, October 18.

Coventry University organises the event, with support from regional partners, to celebrate those across Coventry, Warwickshire or Solihull who have made a tremendous contribution to sport at any level or achieved outstanding sporting success.

Tom Shakespeare, sports development officer at Coventry University, said he hoped this year’s awards would build on the success of previous years.

“What makes the CSW Sports Awards special is that it is not only about honouring elite performance, but also about recognising success and achievements at grass roots level,” he said.

“Over the past seven years we have seen there are countless numbers of worthy nominees, particularly in the world of amateur and community sport, and we want to share their stories and give them the recognition they deserve.

“Our region also boasts some of the most promising sporting talent in the UK - with many of our past award winners going on to represent the country at international level - and these awards are a great opportunity to celebrate that fact.”

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available including the headline sponsor and the chance to support the individual award categories.

The event is managed by a representative group of six key partner organisations led by Coventry University and including BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, CSW Sport, Coventry City Council, Coventry PE and School Sport Partnership and Nuneaton & Bedworth Leisure Trust.

The nomination window closes on Tuesday, July 31. For a full list of categories and details of how to nominate please visit www.cswsportsawards.com. For details of available sponsorship packages please contact Tom Shakespeare on 02476 795979.

Award Categories

Young Sportswoman of the Year

Young sportswomen who have displayed excellence in their chosen sport.

Must be 18 years or under on the date of the Awards ceremony.

Able and disabled bodied athletes

Young Sportsman of the Year

Young sportsmen who have displayed excellence in their chosen sport. Must be 18 years or under on the date of the Awards ceremony.

Able and disabled bodied athletes.

Junior Team of the Year

Club and school sports teams who’s representatives are all 18 years or under on the date of the Awards ceremony.

Able and disabled bodied teams.

PE Teacher of the Year

Awarded to an individual for outstanding contribution to PE and School Sport. Open to all qualified teachers currently teaching in a Coventry, Warwickshire or Solihull schools.

Young Sports Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to an individual aged between 9 and 25 inclusive who has shown an outstanding commitment as a volunteer to sport activity in school, club or community over the past 12 months where their time and skills has made a significant contribution.

Higher/Further Education Sportsperson of the Year

Men and women who have been studying in Higher or Further Education within the nomination period.

Able and disabled bodied athletes.

Community/Professional Coach of the Year

Men and women who have shown commitment, dedication and/or success in coaching junior and or senior individuals/teams/or groups on a paid or voluntary basis.

Community Sports Award

Organised activities or projects which use sport to add value to and enhance the community.

Unsung Hero

Men and women who have shown commitment, dedication and/or success in any role with junior and or senior individuals/teams/or groups on a volunteer basis.

Team of the Year

Any team based in the sub region. This does not include junior/school teams who should be nominated in their respective category.

Sportswoman of the Year

Open to women 19 years or over on the day of the Awards Ceremony.

Sportsman of the Year

Open to men 19 years or over on the day of the Awards Ceremony.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Open to men and women who have shown commitment, dedication and/or success in coaching junior and or senior individuals/teams/or groups for a period of over 15 years.

Sporting Occasion of the Year

Open to any sporting event, occasion or occurrence to have taken place in the sub region or by a team or individual based in the sub region within the nomination period.

Outstanding Contribution to Sport Volunteering in 2012

Open to individuals aged 26 or above and have undertaken outstanding volunteering in sport during the year