Nominations Now Open to Celebrate Local Sporting Stars

Entering 15 years, the Hyndburn Community Sports Awards is a celebration of local sporting achievements from athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams, clubs and schools across Hyndburn, organised by Hyndburn Leisure.

The awards are run by Hyndburn Leisure to recognise the amazing achievements that have been made by clubs, individuals and schools across the borough over the past 12 months.  The winners of our awards go on to represent Hyndburn at the Lancashire Sports Awards on Friday 23 November at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool.

Anne Elwood, Board Member at Hyndburn Leisure and Champion for the local awards said, “Hyndburn Community Sports Awards is a celebration of local achievement. Thousands of people contribute to sport in Hyndburn every year, be it the young achiever competing at a national level to the volunteer who cuts the grass on the pitch week in week out. This awards ceremony recognises those people. This year we’ve a diverse range of categories and we urge people to send in their nominations, so that local stars can be given the recognition their achievements deserve.”

The awards are funded through raising sponsorship and donations from Hyndburn based organisations and companies that provide a service to Hyndburn Leisure Trust. All monies raised through sponsorship go into making the awards successful.  The awards also use local suppliers, therefore reinvesting in Hyndburn’s business community. If you would like to find out more about sponsoring the awards, please email ben.caulfield@hyndleisure.co.uk

  • Volunteer of the Year – These awards are to recognise the volunteers who have given up their free time to volunteer in sport. Sport in Britain depends on volunteers and these people help to sustain sporting opportunities for all.
  • Young Achiever of the Year – These awards are given to the most talented performers across the district, who show exceptional dedication to their sport and have the potential to perform at the highest level.
  • Coach of the Year – These awards are made to coaches throughout the district who have given up their time and invested their expertise, selflessly, to help those interested in sport to develop their talent and to realise its fullest potential.
  • Community Club of The Year – These awards are given to active and well run sports clubs that have undertaken great work in running development programmes which attract and encourage new participants, particularly those from under-represented groups, and which help their members to develop their sports potential
  • Community Project of the Year – This award is given to an innovative project that has helped to regularly increase and sustain participation in sport and physical activity and provide alternative opportunities for people to get active.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is for an individual (20 or above years) who has shown a consistent lifetime commitment and made a major contribution to community sport.
  • Primary School of The Year – This award is given to a Primary School that has excelled in school sport and physical activity over the last 12 months. Community links and the impact of sport has made them stand out.
  • Secondary School of The Year – This award is given to a Secondary School that has excelled in school sport and physical activity over the last 12 months. Community links and the impact of sport has made them stand out.
  • Service to Under-represented groups – This award is given to an individual, administrator, coach or official who has made a highly significant voluntary contribution to disability sport.
  • Inspire Award (Donated by Anne Ellwood) – This is a local award award is given to an individual who has volunteered in the community to inspire others to participate in sport. For individuals not involved in a community sports club.
  • Changing Lifestyle Award – This is a local award to celebrate those who have made big changes to their lifestyles through sport or physical activity
  • Nominations are open until 24 August 2018 and can be made by visiting www.lancashiresportsawards/nominate
  • In 2017, Ossy Joggers, Hyndburn’s Community Club of the Year went on to win the Lancashire Community Project of the Year. Ossy Joggers was formed in 2014 as part of Hyndburn Leisure’s Active Community Fitness Scheme. Sally Woods, who runs the project said, “I was absolutely honoured that Ossy Joggers was nominated for a Sports Award. Both the Hyndburn and Lancashire events were fantastic nights and it was great to see such a diverse range of sporting talent. I still remember the first Ossy Joggers run, a cold January night in 2014 when just one person turned up. Today we have 400 active members, including that one person who turned up on the first night! Winning a Sports Awards highlighted how well the group has done and I’d encourage anyone to nominate a deserving person or club for the Hyndburn Community Sports Awards 2018.”

Community Project of the Year Winner 2017, Ossy Joggers