10 September 2013

Local sporting heroes – who will be this year’s stars?

Be quick off the marks to help local heroes win recognition for their contributions to sports and activity in the city.

Nominations for this year’s 2013 City Sports & Physical Activity Awards are underway and the deadline is now fast approaching. There is still time to add new contenders for consideration in a range of categories.

Brighton & Hove City Councils’ Sports Development Team organise the annual awards which aim to reward inspirational volunteers and professionals working in sports and activity provision in the city.

Anyone can put a person or group forward for consideration by completing a brief form giving information on why the chosen nominee deserves to win. Nominations must be received by 5pm on Monday 16 September.

Last year’s winner of the Sport/Physical Education Teacher of the year award was Janine Lewis from Hillside School, Portslade. Hillside is a school for pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties aged 4 to 16 years. Many of the pupils also have additional physical disabilities and an Autistic Spectrum Condition. Janine developed an innovative and inclusive curriculum for all students and also secured substantial grants to help gain new equipment. Janine was nominated by colleagues who were impressed with her enthusiasm and motivational attitude.

Janine said: “It was a surprise to be nominated and an even bigger surprise to win. The awards were an uplifting opportunity to hear about outstanding individuals and clubs offering innovative activities in the city. The awards evening was memorable and the award itself was very beautiful.”

Now schools are back for the autumn term, there is a last chance for nominations from local education to be entered before the deadline next week. As well as the teacher category, there is a chance to nominate an entire school for creative sporting activities for pupils.

Cllr Geoffrey Bowden, Chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee, said: “The City Sports & Physical Activity Awards are a chance to say thank you for the hard work put in throughout the year round by dedicated people across the city. The enthusiasm shown by individuals, clubs and schools keeping the city active is well worth celebrating. If you know a motivational sports organiser or a dynamic activities co-ordinator, be sure to tell the council’s Sports Development team about their achievements.”

The full ten categories open for nominations are:

  • Freedom Leisure Sports School of the Year
  • Sport/PE Teacher of the Year
  • Coach/Instructor of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Active for Life Participation Award
  • TAKEPART Club of the Year
  • SeeThat Team of the Year
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year
  • Sports Personality of the Year
  • Special Contribution Award

Nominations will only be accepted for organisations and residents living or based in the Brighton & Hove local authority area. Individuals who live outside of this area but who are directly associated with organisations based in the city are also eligible for nomination.

More detailed descriptions of the award categories and online nomination forms

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 23 October 2013