SPORTS AWARDS: Last chance to enter - nominations close today!

Time to enter the CSW awards, which will be presented at the Ricoh Stadium
Time to enter the CSW awards, which will be presented at the Ricoh Stadium

11th annual CSW Awards - closing date for entries Friday, September 11

PICTURE: (Back from left to right) Guy Rippon (Sky Blues in the Community), Paul Sackey (Wasps) Cllr Abdul Khan (Coventry City Council) and Richard Seedhouse (Coundon Court FC) with (from left to right) Kim Dougherty (Sky Blues in the Community) and Emma Sadula (CSW Sport)

The search is underway to recognise sporting excellence across the region.

The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards are designed to celebrate those who have made a tremendous contribution to sport in professional and amateur fields.

The 2015 awards ceremony will be the 11th staging of the annual event and will take place at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday, November 12.

A total of 16 award titles will be handed out on the night to recognise the achievements of teams and individuals as well as volunteers and upcoming stars of the future.

Titles up for grabs include Newcomer of the Year, PE Teacher of the Year, Young Sports Volunteer of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, Unsung Hero Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event is organised by Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport (CSW Sport) with support from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Wasps, the Ricoh Arena, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, the University of Warwick and EnV.

Leading sporting figures, local dignitaries and previous award winners including Wasps’ ambassador Paul Sackey, Cllr Abdul Khan, of Coventry City Council, Guy Rippon and Kim Dougherty, from Sky Blues in the Community, Richard Seedhouse, of Coundon Court FC, and Emma Sudula of CSW Sport, gathered at the Ricoh Arena to launch the nomination process.

Emma Sadula, of CSW Sport, said: “The CSW Sports Awards ceremony is one of the most exciting occasions in the local sporting calendar.

“It is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate sporting accomplishments and the rising stars of the future as well as recognising the successes of volunteers and unsung heroes who make a sizable contribution to sport.

“We have already crowned countless worthy winners over the last 11 years including our unsung hero of 2013 Sandra Price who was recently awarded an MBE for her services to netball in Coventry.

“We are now eager to reward the next wave of sporting prowess and would like to encourage members of the public to nominate teams and individuals they think would be worthy winners.”

Cllr Abdul Khan, cabinet member for culture, leisure, sports and parks at Coventry City Council, said: “Bringing the CSW Sports awards back to Coventry at the Ricoh Arena is fantastic as we know that the event is a great way to celebrate the City’s sporting talent, clubs, events and community projects.

“It is important to recognise the achievements of those involved in making sport happen as sport relies on lots of volunteers. Coventry is proud to host the event and I encourage all involved in sport within the city and further afield to nominate people for the awards.”

For a full list of categories see below; and details of how to nominate please visit www.cswsportsawards.com.

Award Categories

Community Project of the Year

This award recognises a sport and/or physical activity project which uses innovative approaches to improve health and enhance the quality of life and/or participation levels of people in Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire.

Newcomer of the Year

The Nominee must be 18-years-old or under during the nomination period.

This award recognises the achievements of an individual in their first 18 months of participating in their chosen sport, activity or role.  The individual should have made an outstanding and inspirational contribution, above and beyond that normally expected for someone in their first 18 months.

PE Teacher of the Year 

This category is awarded to an individual for outstanding contribution to PE and School Sport. Open to all qualified teachers currently teaching in a Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire school.

Community Coach of the Year

This award recognises the achievements of a paid or unpaid coach who has made a significant impact on those they have coached and is committed to providing more opportunities for people to start, stay and succeed in sport.

Unsung Hero 

This category is open to 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.

Young Sports Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to an individual aged between 9 and 25 inclusive for outstanding contribution to Sports Volunteering.

Junior Team of the Year

This category is for club and school sports teams whose representatives are all 18 years or under on the date of the Awards ceremony. This includes able and disable bodied teams. 

Young Sportswoman of the Year

This category is for young sportswomen who have displayed excellence in their chosen sport. For this category nominees must be 18 years or under on the date of the Awards ceremony. This includes abled and disabled bodied athletes.

Young Sportsman of the Year

This category is for young sportswomen who have displayed excellence in their chosen sport. Nominees for this category must be 18 years or under on the date of the Awards ceremony. This includes abled and disabled bodied athletes.

Further & Higher Education Sportsperson of the Year

This category is open to men and women who have been studying in Further or Higher Education within the nomination period.

Previous nominees include county, national and international champions. This category includes abled and disabled bodied athletes.

Community Club of the Year

This award recognises a community sports club that provides a high quality sports environment for its members.

Team of the Year

This category is open to any team based in the sub region that has excelled in their individual sport. This does not include junior/school teams who should be nominated in their respective category.

Sportswoman of the Year

This category is open to women 19 years or over on the day of the Awards ceremony who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen sport.

Sportsman of the Year

This category is open to men 19 years or over on the day of the Awards ceremony who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen sport.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This category is 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.