Grassroots sport is the lifeblood of sport in this country, the foundation on which wider participation is built, and the root of any elite sporting success. It is important that those who contribute to grassroots sport are recognised, and not just the elite success stories. The Pride of Sport Awards is probably the most well-known celebration of grassroots sport in this country, and nominations for 2018 are now open to find those who’ve gone the extra mile.

Nominate your grassroots heroes now

Run by the Daily Mirror in conjunction with TSB, the awards’ profile is growing year on year. Organisers are now looking for your inspiring stories – so if you think someone at your club deserves some recognition, then it’s up to you to nominate them. It can be someone who has done great things achieving their own goals, maybe overcoming adversity, someone who has helped others, or even a team or a club that has achieved great things.

Nominations for the awards will close on Friday September 14. Famous faces from across the world of sport will be in attendance for a star-studded ceremony hosted by Ben Shephard in London on Thursday December 6.

Nominees and Winners continue to inspire

Last year’s winners included the amazing Billy Monger, who – after losing both his lower legs in a high-speed Formula 4 crash – has inspired racing fans and the wider public alike with his unbelievable courage and determination in bouncing back. Dale Youth Boxing Club from Grenfell Tower were recognised for the way they helped bring the community back together after the horrific tower fire. While the beguiling Ella Chadwick, just 10 years old, was honoured for her efforts in raising money through fun runs for the hospital that saved her after her life was transformed by a kidney transplant.

In my job I get to meet lots of elite sports stars, and the one thing they all have in common is that they can remember that special someone, the grassroots hero who gave them their chance. Sometimes it’s a PE teacher who spotted a glimmer of talent, a coach who instilled a love of sport in them, or a volunteer who made sure there was a pitch for them to play on.

For many of them, it’s the mum and dad who took them to training, bought their kit and most importantly of all, gave them boundless support and love, win or lose. And that’s why I love hosting Pride of Sport. It’s a chance to give those unsung heroes the recognition they deserve. I can’t wait to meet this year’s winners. Host – Ben Shephard

The categories are:

Disabled Sports Person Award
For a disabled sports person who has achieved notable success in grassroots sport, or performed above and beyond expectations.

Young Achiever
To recognise a young person aged 16 or under who has overcome significant obstacles to take part in sport, inspiring others with their spirit and dedication.

Young Fundraiser of the Year
To recognise an individual or group under the age of 16 that has undertaken an outstanding charity challenge. Judges will consider the scale and ingenuity of the challenge as well as the amount raised.

Sporting Fundraiser
To recognise an individual or a group that has undertaken an outstanding charity challenge. Judges will consider the scale and ingenuity of the challenge as well as the amount raised.

Young Sportsperson of the year
To recognise an outstanding individual who has performed beyond their years or proved their potential to become a world class sports star Britain can be proud of.

Special Recognition
For inspirational people and groups that deserve recognition but may not fit into any other category.

TSB Community Partner
For an individual or a group of people who have worked in partnership together as a force for good in their local community, improving the lives of people around them through sport. This could be anything from supporting young people and helping them thrive, to bringing communities together to make a difference.

So, if you know someone or a club that deserves to be recognised, then get nominating by heading to www.prideofsportawards.co.uk/nominate.

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