01 Aug @HarlowCouncil and Active Harlow’s Sports Awards return for 2016
Nominations have opened for the annual Harlow Sports Awards organised by Harlow Council and Active Harlow.
The aim of Active Harlow Sport Awards is to celebrate and recognise local sporting talent and achievements in the Harlow area. The awards are nominated by members of the public and funded by Active Harlow and Active Essex.
Last year the Sports Awards were a huge success with around 100 people nominated and the achievements of almost 60 people celebrated on the evening.
So far this year has been another exciting time for sport. It’s another Olympic year where we hope for great triumph. This will hopefully add to our success at Wimbledon with three Great British people winning. We are hopeful that we are going to be celebrating more achievement in the Harlow area as well.
The awards ceremony is being held at the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre on 3 October 2016 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.
Nominations for the following categories close on 12 September 2016:
- Sports Personality of the year – Somebody who has made an impact to sport and physical activity in the last year at a national or international level either as part of a team or individually. This person must be aged 19 or over on the 3 October 2016.
- Disabled sports personality of the year – Somebody who has made a significant impact to sport and physical activity in the last year at an international and national level. Open to all ages and disabilities.
- Unsung Hero (Volunteer) – A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. This person deserves recognition for their hard work and determination to the development of their club. They have a keen interest in the local community and sport or physical activity.
- Young Volunteer (u18) – A young volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. A dedicated individual who deserves recognition for their contribution to their local club. Must be aged 18 or under on 3 October 2016.
- Community club of the year – A local club who has developed or performed well in the last year at a district, county, regional and international level. The club must hold ClubMark or equivalent NGB accreditation.
- Coach of the year – A coach who is committed to providing the highest standard of coaching. They need to hold a recognised coaching qualification. They may also be keen to help out other coaches with their development.
- School, college or university of the year – A school, college or university who provides high quality physical education to their pupils. A wide range of extracurricular activities will be offered and to have keen key links to club for the development after they finish school.
- Young sports personality of the year (u18) – An athlete who has made a significant impact in the last year either on a regional, national or international level. This may be part of a team or individual achievement. Must be aged 18 or under on the 3 October 2016.
- Active Workplace of the year – An organisation, business or workplace that has made a significant contribution to developing and promoting sport and physical activity. This includes getting their employees involved in physical activity at work in projects such as Workplace Challenge. They are also keen to enter teams for people to compete with other workplaces.
- Changing lives through sport and physical activity through an outstanding project – An organisation, group, individual or project that has been developed, delivered or contributed to an expanding, successful project and has had a positive impact on the lives of Harlow residents.
Councillor Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Youth and Community, said:
“Last year’s awards highlighted some fantastic local sporting achievements and we are hoping for more of the same this year.
“The Harlow Sports Awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate and recognise sporting achievement. They also highlight the contributions made to the local sporting community by the many volunteers and individuals that make grassroots sport work.
“I would encourage everyone to get involved and nominate anyone they feel has made a big impact on sport in the town.”
Nominations can be made at: www.harlow.gov.uk/sports-awards
All winners will be automatically nominated for the Active Essex Sports Awards.