Early nominations needed

AWARDS LAUNCH: County Upper School pupils alongside Abbeycroft Leisure Partnership Manager, Michelle Banfield-Curran (left) and PE teacher Nathan Marshall (right) launch this year's St Edmundsbury Sports Awards
AWARDS LAUNCH: County Upper School pupils alongside Abbeycroft Leisure Partnership Manager, Michelle Banfield-Curran (left) and PE teacher Nathan Marshall (right) launch this year's St Edmundsbury Sports Awards

COUNTY Upper School’s Nathan Marshall has urged people to get their St Edmundsbury Sports Awards nominations in early, after last year’s School of the Year officially launched the event this week.

The awards, run each year by Abbeycroft Leisure, recognise outstanding sporting achievements made by sportsmen, women and juniors throughout the year in the borough of St Edmundsbury.

The award scheme, supported by the Bury Free Press and sister paper Haverhill Echo, is open to all sports enthusiasts and volunteers who are affiliated to a club or school team within St Edmundsbury, or reside within the borough.

There are 14 categories to enter with awards made for: Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Unsung Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Triumph Over Adversity, Coach of the Year, Contribution to Disability Sport, Young Community Volunteer of the Year, Club of the Year, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, and School of the Year.

Last year, County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds, who won the School of the Year award, went on to win the title at the Suffolk Sports Awards and then again at the televised BBC East Sports Awards.

Reflecting on his school’s success at the launch, PE teacher Marshall urged people to send in their nominations.

“We thought we had put in the best possible application that we could, but to hear our names on the evening was absolutely brilliant.” he said.

“All I would say to people thinking of nominating is to try and get them in as soon as possible because we are launching early this year and it is going to be even more competitive.

“There is also a lot of people who we believe could have been nominated, but weren’t and we are just really trying to encourage people to put those nominations in to such a great event.”

Abbeycroft Leisure manager Michelle Banfield-Curran added the awards aren’t just for top clubs in the region.

“We would encourage anyone to nominate in, this isn’t just about the bigger clubs it is about anyone who does something socially and really is a competition for everyone.” she added.

“The awards are fantastic to showcase the achievements of people locally and rewarding them for all of their hard work and dedication that they put in.

Nominations can now be made on the Abbeycroft website at www.acleisure.com and the closing date is midnight on 31 August 2012.

To find out more about nominating a club or individual, telephone Michelle Banfield-Curran on 07983 641196 or email mbc@acleisure.com.