Search is on for special stars of sport

Allstars Sports Awards in association with Blackpool Sixth Form College.
Allstars Sports Awards in association with Blackpool Sixth Form College.
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THROUGHOUT the year AllStars recognises sporting excellence and outstanding effort from all over the Fylde coast. Now we’re going a stage further with a thrilling new event.

On December 8, The Gazette and Blackpool Sixth will join forces to stage the first AllStars Awards to honour outstanding individuals and teams nominated by AllStars readers.

The glittering star-studded ceremony will take place at Blackpool Sixth, where our 11 awards will be presented, including the most coveted AllStars Star of the Year trophy.

The Fylde coast has a proud tradition of developing young stars who have gone on to excel in their chosen sports on the national and international stage, and an AllStars Award could be the first stepping stone on the road to worldwide recognition.

Our specially selected judging panel will choose the winners from your nominations.

You can make a nomination in as many categories as you like, or just in one if you prefer. But this is not a vote, and so there is no need to nominate anyone more than once.

Each nomination should contain a description (no more than 100 words please) of the individual/team’s activities/achievements and give reasons for the nomination.

Nominees for individual awards must reside on the Fylde coast or represent a school or sports organisation in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre. Similarly, teams must be based on the Fylde coast to be eligible.

The prizes are to be awarded in the following categories.

Outstanding Individual, aged 5-11

The boy or girl who has achieved outstanding success and shown exceptional motivation and determination in his/her chosen sport. Our winner must have been under-11 on August 31, 2011 and enjoyed key success(es) this year.

Outstanding Individual, aged 11-18

As above. Our winner must have been under-18 on August 31, 2011 and enjoyed key success(es) this year.

Team of the Year, aged 5-11

The team (boys’, girls’ or mixed) which achieved outstanding success and showed exceptional motivation and determination in their chosen sport. Teams must consist of a minimum of two people. All team members must have been under-11 on August 31, 2011, and the team must have enjoyed key success(es) this year.

Team of the Year, aged 11-18

As above. All team members must have been under-18 on August 31, 2011, and the team must have enjoyed key success(es) this year.

Coach of the Year for 5-11s

The coach of a team, sports club or individual(s) who has made the greatest contribution to the lives of young people through coaching and by providing a positive environment and role model. The winner, male or female, must have been coaching in 2011 and coached people who were under the age of 11 on August 31 this year.

Coach of the Year for 11-18s

As above. The winner must have been coaching in 2011 and coached people who were under the age of 18 on August 31 this year.

Endeavour Award for 5-11s

We can’t all be champions, but this award recognises the boy or girl who has shown greatest commitment to making progress in their chosen sport, possibly overcoming adversity to do so. Our winner must have been under-11 on August 31, 2011.

Endeavour Award for 11-18s

As above. Our winner must have been under-18 on August 31 2011.

Unsung Hero for 5-11s

An individual of any age whose outstanding efforts and commitment have helped young people to participate in sport. Their contribution will have benefited individuals, teams, organisations and/or their wider community.

Unsung Hero for 11-18s:

As above The AllStars Star of the Year will be selected from among the winners of the above categories.

You have plenty of time to consider your nominations, which must be received by November 9, 2011.

Email nominations to: allstars@blackpoolgazette.co.uk and write ‘Awards’ in the subject box.