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Harlow Council Sports Awards

News / Mon 5th Oct 2015 at 01:35pm

HARLOW Council has teamed up with Active Harlow, to organise the Harlow Sports Awards 2015.

The event, funded by Active Essex 2015, will celebrate and recognise local sporting talent and achievements in the Harlow area and hopefully motivate talented athletes in the build up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The finalists of each award are invited to a prestigious awards ceremony which will be held on Tuesday 24 November 2015 in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre.

Entry for this year’s awards is now open and nominations can be made using:

https://selfserve.harlow.gov.uk/service/Harlow_Sports_Awards_2015

Businesses wishing to sponsor a category are also encouraged to contact Harlow Council’s Sports and Leisure Policy and Development Officer by emailing [email protected] or Sports Development Apprentice Lewis Casey at [email protected]

Closing date for Harlow Sports Awards nominations is midday on 14 October 2015. All awards are inclusive and encourage nominations of all abilities and impairments.

The people being nominated must live in the Harlow area, be involved in or a member of a Harlow-based club.

Exceptional nominees will be automatically nominated for the Active Essex Sports Awards (http://www.activeessex.org/sports-awards/) where applicable.

Categories and criteria are:

· Sports personality of the year: An athlete who has made a significant impact in the last year at a national or international level either individually or as part of a team. Must have been aged 19 or over on 3 September 2015.

· Young sports personality of the year: An athlete who has made a significant impact the last year at a regional, national or international level either individually or as part of a team. Must have been aged 18 or under on 3 September 2015.

· Disabled sports personality of the year: An athlete who has made a significant impact in the last year at a national or international level either individually or as part of a team. Open to all ages and disabilities.

· Service to disability sport: An individual or an organisation that has made a significant contribution in the last year to advancing sport for people with disabilities.

· Unsung hero (volunteer): A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. This could be a dedicated volunteer within a sports club setting who you feel deserves recognition for their commitment to supporting and developing the club and its members. Must be aged 19 or over on 3 September 2015.

· Young volunteer (Under 18 years): A young volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport. This could be a dedicated volunteer within a sports club setting who you feel deserves recognition for their commitment to supporting and developing the club and its members. Must be aged 18 or under on 3 September 2015.

· School or college of the year: A School, college, university or early years setting that gives its pupils a wide range of opportunities to participate in high quality physical education and extra curriculum sport. The institution should show a continued commitment to club links.

· Sports club of the year: A local club that has significantly developed and/or performed well in the last year at district, county, regional and international level. The club must hold ClubMark or equivalent NGB accreditation.

· Coach of the year: A coach who holds a current recognised coaching qualification (all short listed nominations will be verified by the appropriate National Governing Body). This should be someone who is committed to providing the highest standard of coaching to their athletes and / or to helping other coaches to develop.

· Physical activity project of the year: An individual, team, club, group or organisation who has successfully delivered a physical activity project in Greater Essex which has made a significant contribution to increasing participation in Physical Activity in the community and has had a significant health and wellbeing impact on hard to reach groups.

· 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 could be an organisation that has provided a significant number of competitions or has engaged a significant number of employees who are regularly logging their activities on Workplace Challenge.

· Changing Lives through Sport and Physical Activity: An organisation, group or individual that has made a significant contribution to develop a project using sport and physical activity as a tool to promote stronger, safer communities, improve health and well-being and to create social action through learning and volunteering.

Councillor Emma Toal, Portfolio Holder for Youth and Community, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate and recognise sporting achievement, and the contributions made to the sporting community of Harlow 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.”

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