Nominations for the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards evening will close today after a hugely-successful social media campaign.
Backed by both local and national stars, the 10-week campaign has experienced a fantastic response and the organisers of the awards evening, Abbeycroft Leisure, are now encouraging any last-minute participants to build on its success by nominating individuals or sports teams from the St Edmundsbury area.
West Suffolk Swimming Club, Bury Town Football Club, Jetts Netball Club, Bury St Edmunds Tchoukball Club and Haverhill Rugby Club are among the nominees for the Club of the Year award — one of 12 accolades on offer at the awards evening on September 5.
Alison Blackwell, Abbeycroft Leisure development director, said: “We have had a wide variety of entries for the awards which I think will make for a very exciting awards evening this year.”
This year’s categories are Sports Personality of the Year, Young Sports Personality of the Year, Young Community Volunteer, Junior Team, Senior Team, Unsung Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year, Triumph Over Adversity, Most Active Workplace and the People’s Champion.
Among the nominations for Coach of the Year are Dan Pilbrow (West Suffolk Swimming Club), Tracey Butcher (Jetts Netball Club), Sam Pullen (Haverhill Rugby Club) and the Dellar Coaching Team in Haverhill.
Fitness equipment supplier Matrix will be the main sponsors of this year’s event with leading local companies such as the Bury Free Press and its sister title the Haverhill Echo, Baker Tilly, Cotswold Outdoor, Frames Conservatories Direct, Havebury, Music Sales, Our Bury St Edmunds, Sodexo, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk Sport and West Suffolk College sponsoring individual awards, with Swaingrove Print also sponsoring the awards programme.
This is the eighth annual St Edmundsbury awards evening run by Abbeycroft Leisure, who hosted the Rwandan Olympic team in their preparations for London 2012.
They run local leisure centres in co-ordination with the St Edmundsbury Council and are looking to recognise outstanding sporting achievements made by various men, women, children and sports groups in the St Edmundsbury area.
All nominees are invited and winners will receive an award, a certificate and £50 in prize money.
With the awards evening being held at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on September 5, nominations need to be made at www.aclesuire.com/nominate before today’s 5pm deadline.