SPORTS AWARDS: Time for nominations

Last year's Excellence in Sport award winners
Last year's Excellence in Sport award winners

Don’t let someone you know miss out

Every year Rugby Borough Council, the Rugby Advertiser and Rugby FM team up to recognise and reward the Borough’s most dedicated and talented sports people. In celebrating the achievements people have made in 2013, the Rugby Sports Awards will be held at The Benn Hall on Wednesday, March 5 2014. The deadline for entries is January 10.

Maybe you know someone who spends many hours coaching or volunteering in a sports club who deserves to be recognised for the work they are doing, or a talented individual who is excelling in their sport. Nominations are now open in the following nine categories:

Mark Gallagher Memorial Award for Coach of the Year Award

Open to anyone who lives or coaches in a sports club or organisation in Rugby Borough. Coaches should be nominated for their dedication, commitment and

achievements during 2013. Please tell the judges about the coach’s role and the hours this involves, qualifications, how long they have been involved with the club and what makes them so special. Also state any achievements and successes the individual team or club has had, with whom this coach is associated with.

Club of the Year Award

Open to sports clubs based in the borough. Clubs should be nominated for their success in sport and their developmental initiatives. Please tell the judges about the

development of coaches, officials and volunteers and any new opportunities for new and existing members, which have been introduced. Please include any involvement

with local networks and national initiatives, developing new sections and achieving club accreditation.

The Unsung Hero ‘Volunteer’ Award

Open to anyone who lives or volunteers in a sports club or organisation based in the borough. People should be nominated for their involvement and commitment to

volunteering in 2013. They should be an inspirational role model, perhaps someone who shows dedication behind the scenes, but whose contributions may otherwise go

unrecognised. Please explain how important their role is and the time this involves.

Sportsman of the Year Award

Open to anyone who lives or participates in sport in the borough. People should be nominated for their achievement or success in their sport during 2013. Please

tell the judges about their background in the sport and why they deserve the award.

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Open to anyone who lives or participates in sport in Rugby Borough. People should be nominated for their achievement or success in their sport during 2013. Please

tell the judges about their background in the sport and why they deserve the award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

Open to anyone who lives or is involved with a sports club or organisation in Rugby Borough. People should be nominated for their involvement, commitment and

dedication to sport over many years. Please tell judges how many years they have been involved and how their long service has made a difference to sport.

Excellence in Sport Award

Open to young people aged 18 or under on 31 August 2013 who represent a particular sport at a national or international level. This may be as part of a national

development squad, competing for their country or having achieved a national title. Nominees must be a resident of the borough/go to school or represent a sports

club or organisation in the borough and be in full-time education. 10 winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will be invited to attend the awards evening to be

awarded £100 towards training or equipment expenses.

Simon Warwood Memorial Award for Young Team of the Year

Open to sports teams based in Rugby Borough (maximum age group under 18). Teams should be nominated for their achievements and success in sport and for demonstrating excellent team spirit, commitment and a sense of fair play during 2013. Nominations are welcome from school teams as well as clubs.

Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Open to anyone aged 18 or under on 31 August 2013, who lives or volunteers in a sports club or organisation in the borough. People should be nominated for their

involvement and commitment in their sport; a positive role model who inspires and engages with the community.

Nominations are welcome for successes and achievements between 1 January and 31 December 2013 and juniors are classed as aged 18 and under on 31st August 2013.

All applications will be judged by a panel and those short listed will be invited to attend the award ceremony on 5th March 2014.

Nomination forms can be picked up from The Rugby Advertiser reception or Rugby Borough Council reception at the Town Hall or by visiting www.rugby.gov.uk/sportsawards. Alternatively you can request a nomination form by emailing sportsdevelopment@rugby.gov.uk or telephoning (01788) 533749.