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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nominations sought for 2014 sports awards

Denbighshire's Community Sport Awards are back for a third year and are now open for nominations.

The awards aim to recognise the efforts of volunteers, coaches, players, teams, schools and clubs acriss the county for their selfless devotion to increasing the number of people participating in sport locally.

They also aim to mark the dedication it takes to increase the quality of sport provision in the county.

Over the last two years the awards have recognised over 20 individuals, teams, schools and clubs for their dedication to grassroots sport in Denbighshire.

There are also elite level athletes from the county representing Wales and Team GB in their chosen sports which the awards will continue to recognise.

All awards finalists will be go forward for the newly formed Sport Wales and BBC Wales Sport Personality Awards being held in Cardiff.

Nominees must live in Denbighshire, or be affiliated to a Denbighshire club relevant to their nomination and have achieved their success in the last 12 months up to the application closing date of Friday July 25.

This year's categories include Sports Performer, Junior Sports Performer, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Disability Sport Award, Young Inspiration Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and the Sport in School Award.

An individual or team will also be chosen from all the previous category winners for their outstanding achievements/contributions to sport and will represent Denbighshire for the next year as a Denbighshire Community Sport Ambassador 2013.

Jamie Groves, the county council's head of communications, marketing and leisure, said: "The Denbighshire Community Sport Awards has helped recognise and share some amazing stories of achievement by individuals and teams from Denbighshire over the last couple of years.

"Each year there are new nominations from various sport clubs and schools throughout the county, and last year are panel had a hard job picking just three finalists for each category from over 180 separate nominations.

"This proves to us that the quality of sport in Denbighshire is very high, there are plenty of opportunities for people to return to playing sport or to try a new sport as a beginner too. This is all down to the unselfish army of volunteers within our community clubs, so let's recognise this and celebrate community sport in Denbighshire again this year!”

Denbighshire Leisure services are also looking for suitable organisations that would like to link their brand to the Community Sport Awards as a category sponsor and a sponsorship package can be sent for more information.

For more information on the awards and details on how to nominate or sponsor this year's event please contact Matt Hilliker on 07798742290 or matthew.hilliker@denbighshire.gov.uk or visit www.denbighshire.gov.uk/sportsawards

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