Deadline is extended

PEOPLE'S CHAMPION: Mick Bryant, won the People's Choice award last year, and is pictured receiving it from Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo and
PEOPLE'S CHAMPION: Mick Bryant, won the People's Choice award last year, and is pictured receiving it from Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo and
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The deadline for nominations for the seventh annual St 
Edmundsbury Sports Awards has been extended until Friday, September 13.

Nominees have an extra week to go online and nominate their favourite club, sportsperson, volunteer, and coach in the awards, run by Abbeycroft Leisure.

This year the awards ceremony takes place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday, September 27.

Last year more than 300 guests attended the prestigious event to watch Olympic bronze medallist boxer Anthony Ogogo present the awards.

There are 11 categories to enter this year: Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Unsung Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Triumph Over Adversity, Coach of the Year, Young Community Volunteer of the Year, Club of the Year, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, and the People’s Choice Award, voted for by the public.

You can nominate an individual or team online by visiting http://www.acleisure.com/abbeycroft-whats-on-acl/sports-awards-acl.html

There will also be nomination forms available at the Free Press office, as well as Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Leisure Centres.

The awards are run every year to recognise outstanding sporting achievements made by sportsmen, women and juniors throughout the year and to celebrate the huge amount of work that takes place within sport in the borough of St Edmundsbury.

The awards scheme, supported by the Free Press and its sister paper the Haverhill Echo, is open to all sports enthusiasts and volunteers who are affiliated to a club within St Edmundsbury, part of a school team in the Borough of St Edmundsbury or reside within St Edmundsbury Borough.

Michelle Banfield-Curran, Abbeycroft’s Partnership Manager, said: “We want to give the people of St Edmundsbury more time to nominate this year.

“We have had a sizzling summer and many people have spent time in the garden so now most people are back to work and back to school we want to encourage people to get online and get their entries in.

“It takes a few minutes to nominate, but could mean a great deal to the person being nominated.”

Winners of the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards go on to the Suffolk Sports Awards, hosted by Suffolk Sport next month.

If they are successful there, they could then be put forward for the BBC East Sports Awards.

Winners will receive an award, a souvenir photo and £50 in prize money.