Community sports awards revamped

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Blackpool Council’s annual sports awards have received an exciting revamp.

The town’s Community Sport Awards have been presented at the Town Hall for the past 25 years, with the outstanding individual receiving the iconic Wilkinson Sword Trophy. Now the borough’s sporting talent is to be showcased in a new-look celebration of community sport.

The event will showcase the dedication of coaches, teams and volunteers as well as recognising outstanding achievement.

Nominations are now welcome for the Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool Community Sports Awards 2014, building up to a glittering presentation ceremony to take place in the sponsors’ lounge at Blackpool FC on April 3.

Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool is a partnership between the NHS in Blackpool, Blackpool Council and Blackpool FC aimed at improving the health and lifestyles of every person in the town.

The awards comprise nine separate categories.

They are: Coach of the Year, Community Club of the Year, Team of the Year, Disability Award, Young Volunteer of the Year (age 14-24), Adult Volunteer of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year (14-24), Lifetime Achievement Award and of course the Wilkinson Sword Award for outstanding achievement.

This most prestigious award is open to all sports people over the age of 16 who have excelled in their sport.

Last year’s winner was Altogether Now Health Ambassador Shelly Woods, the Paralympic medal-winning wheelchair racer and world record-breaker.

Anyone can nominate an individual or team for an award. Nomination forms can be completed online at www.altogethernowblackpool.com. They can also be downloaded and returned to Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool Community Sports Awards 2014, Lee House, Layton Depot, Plymouth Road, Blackpool FY3 7HW.

Forms are also available at Palatine Leisure Centre, Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre or Blackpool Sports Centre. Forms must be submitted by Monday, February 24.

Nigel Hough, chairman of Blackpool Community Sports Council, said: “I am delighted that again we are able to celebrate and showcase the amazing sporting talent we have in Blackpool. And I am equally pleased that, for the first time, the Sports Council is able to deliver these awards under the banner of Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool.”