Thanet Sports Awards - Bigger and better than ever!

The annual event is organised by Thanet District Council’s Sports Matters team and looks to showcase local sporting talent and achievement across all ages, abilities and across the full range of sports.

The event, which is now in sixth year, is expected to showcase another evening of sporting achievements and build on the huge success of last year’s event, which saw over 300 attendees attend the awards ceremony.

This year’s event will combine community sports nominations and school based awards and will also showcase a ‘surprise’ sporting champion guest speaker who will be confirmed nearer the date to talk about their experiences and journey into sport.  Last year the nominees were greeted by London 2012 Paralympian Martine Wright, an inspirational individual who was a survivor from the London 7/7 terrorist attacks and went on to captain the Team GB Women’s volleyball team.

The Thanet Sports Awards aims to encourage all clubs big or small to get involved in this year’s event and submit their nominations.  There is a category for everyone and this could be an opportunity for residents to reward someone at their club or school.  The council aims to continue to develop an active and healthier Thanet, developing a local legacy for local residents to engage in sport and physical activity.

The Thanet Sports Awards 2014 will celebrate “all things sport” – not just high-level achievement but also those who have shown extraordinary enthusiasm and dedication.  Family, friends, coaches, teachers and sport professionals are invited to nominate individuals and teams in the following categories:

  • Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
  • Sportsman of the Year
  • Sportswoman of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Unsung Hero
  • Young Sportsperson of the Year
  • Primary Sports School of the Year Award
  • Secondary Sports School of the Year Award
  • Sports Teacher of the Year Award

The only conditions are that nominees must be residents of Thanet or members of Thanet based clubs & Schools, and nominations must be for the period between 1 September 2013 to 1 September 2014.

The process is simple thanks to online nominations available www.thanet.gov.uk/sportsawards these are LIVE NOW closing at Midnight on Friday 3rd October.

It’s never been easier, residents can simply take five minutes to nominate someone who has excelled and that nominee will be in with a chance to be shortlisted for an award!

Leader of Thanet District Council and Cabinet Member for Community Services Cllr Iris Johnston said, ‘We were very impressed with the response last year. The team received over 100 nominations across the 11 categories and we had a fantastic evening at the Winter Gardens with a great list of first time winners. This is a great evening to recognise the achievements that our voluntary clubs continue to deliver in promoting opportunities for residents to keep healthy and engaged in Sport.  Thanet has some fantastic clubs that cater for all residents and all abilities, whether you’re looking to keep fit or play competitively or simply play for social purposes and we want to encourage our residents to get involved.’

The Sports Awards are also offering local businesses and other organisations the opportunity to sponsor the awards themselves. Sponsorship for one award costs £350 with two awards costing £500 and this includes the company name and logo on the award, logo and company description in the event programme, two VIP tickets to the event and presentation of the award to the winner.

Further information and a sponsorship application form are available at www.thanet.gov.uk/sportsawards. Alternatively for more information about this year’s awards and sponsorship please contact Colin Rouse, Sports Development Officer, Thanet District Council, 01843 577032.

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