THE County Showground will be a new venue for the area’s major sporting occasion, the Sport Stafford Borough (SSB) sports awards.
This week we launch the countdown for the 2013 event, now in its 15th year and sponsored by the Staffordshire Newsletter, rewarding our sporting stars - whether they be individuals, teams, clubs or volunteers.
The competiton, promoted by SSB and Stafford Borough Council’s (SBC) leisure department, will see one or two small changes from previous years.
This year, for the first time, there will be separate male and female team awards at both junior and senior level.
Once again there are separate male and female trophies for the Sports Performer of the Year and Under-18 Sports Performer.
All awards recognise local achievements in any sport during the 12 months of 2013 and other categories are, Most Improved Sports Performer, Coach of the Year, Sports Performer of the Year (with disabilities) and Special Contribution to Sport award.
Highlight of the evening will again be the overall Clare Skelton Sports Person of the Year award, selected from all of the nominations received, across all of the categories.
The winner will have his or her name added to a special honours board in Stafford Leisire Centre.
First recipient of this trophy, in 2011, was Brocton FC secretary Terry Homer. Last year our three Olympians, archer Alison Williamson, paddler Lizzie Neave and goalball star Jessica Luke were joint winners.
Nominations are now open for the various categories and all those put forward must either live in or be a member of a club in Stafford Borough.
Clubs or teams nominated must be Stafford Borough-based.
As for the Coach of the Year, the person nominated should be a qualified
voluntary, community, club or school based coach who has made a significant contribution to the development of performers in their sport.
The nomination form is available below online here.
The closing date is Monday, November 18, after which a special sub-committee will sit to select the eventual winners, with three or more shortlisted in each category.
Each nomination must be accompanied, on a separate piece of paper, by 200-300 words about the nominee, listing in chronological order his or her main (or team) achievements in 2013.
As for the Special Contribution award, you should indicate what commitment and dedication he or she has given to their club or sport over a number of years.
For more information go online at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/sports-awards or pick up a leaflet with full descriptions of the separate award requirements, from Stafford Leisure Centre, Alleyne’s Sports Centre, Westbridge Park LC, Ancient High House, SBC and Stone Town Council receptions, Stafford Castle, the Tourist Information Centre (Stafford) and Stafford Library.
Tickets for the big awards night, Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Staffordshire County Showground, are available from Lorna Francis on 01785 660662 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for nominations is Monday, November 18.