Last Chance For Altogether Now Award NominationsChampion boxer Brian Rose is among a list of high profile stars set to recognise Blackpool’s sporting talent.
Brian is strongly backing the Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool Community Sports Awards 2015 and encouraging nominations for the event, which will showcase the successes of both individuals and teams across the town, in 12 separate categories.
It will culminate in a presentation ceremony in the Sponsors Lounge at Blackpool Football Club on Thursday 12 March.
The final bell for nominations will ring on Saturday 31 January when they will close at midnight.
Brian, who was the winner of the prestigious Wilkinson Sword at the 2014 ceremony, said: “I am proud to support these awards and the inspirational people they are recognising. There are some extremely dedicated and committed people in our local community who give their absolute all to help and support others take part in the sports they love.
“Add that to the growing group of extremely talented home grown sports men and women, and we have some real local sporting heroes in Blackpool.”
In his role as a Health Ambassador for the Altogether Now partnership programme, Brian helps inspire children and young people to live healthier, happier lives through the award winning Fit2Go programme, which is delivered to every primary school in Blackpool. It aims to encourage children to live a healthy lifestyle, take part in regular physical activity and to join in with local sports clubs and community programmes, which will ultimately improve their overall health and wellbeing.
He added: “Boxing is all about being disciplined. If I can inspire or encourage a child to succeed then that’s fantastic.”
In the run up to the awards ceremony, Brian will fight in his home town at Blackpool’s iconic Winter Gardens on Saturday 14 February, when he takes on American Carson Jones.
Dr Amanda Doyle, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Blackpool CCG, said: “These awards are not just about achievement but commitment. Given the importance of community sport in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I am delighted that Altogether Now is supporting this event as it plays such a key role in promoting healthy living.”
Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “These awards are about celebrating those sports groups, schools and individuals who go the extra mile to get people in to sport. Sport can have a huge impact on helping people to stay healthy and active, as well as having a social benefit to all involved.
“We’ve got some excellent sports groups in Blackpool that are made up of fantastic coaches and volunteers. If you know any clubs, schools, teams or individuals that have made a contribution to sport that deserves celebrating, I’d urge you to get your nominations in now.”
The awards are separated into twelve categories, recognising not only individuals but teams and sports clubs whose achievements and commitment to sport in Blackpool during 2014 has been outstanding. These are:
- Coach of the Year
- Community Club of the Year
- Team of the Year (In memory of Ted Schools)
- Disability Sports Award
- Young Volunteer of the Year (Age 14-24 years)
- Adult Volunteer of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Primary School of the Year
- High School of the Year
- Quayle Shield (Outstanding achievement, age 9-13 years)
- Quayle Trophy (Outstanding achievement, age 14-21 years)
- Wilkinson Sword – for outstanding achievement
Anyone can nominate an individual or team for an award. A nomination form can be completed online at www.altogethernowblackpool.com/awards or downloaded and returned completed to: Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool Community Sports Awards 2015, Stanley Park Offices, West Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 9HU.
Forms are also available for collection at the three main Blackpool Council leisure facilities – Palatine Leisure Centre, Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre or Blackpool Sports Centre. You can also follow on Twitter @ANBlackpool or @SportBlackpool.