Everybody involved in grassroots sport knows that it could not exist without those who give up their free time to make it happen. The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award returns for 2018 to celebrate those volunteers who help grassroots sports and other physical activities take place, and in turn help everyone involved.

Returning for its 16th year, Unsung Hero 2018 is searching for the most dynamic, forward thinking and driven volunteers from across the UK, who are inspiring people of all ages across the UK to get up and get active.

RECOGNISING EVEN MORE OF OUR UNSUNG HEROES

So this is your chance to shine a light on those making a difference to you and your club. It might be the person dedicating free time to running your club’s Facebook and Twitter channels, the poor soul acting as the treasurer, the fitness instructor at the front of the class, or the steward at your local parkrun. All of these people, and so many others, are critical to the smooth running of our sports clubs and it is right that they are recognised.

A DESERVED NIGHT UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

Their reward will include a night at the famous BBC Sports Personality of the Year bash, for once basking in the limelight on the red carpet and rubbing shoulders with the British sporting elite.

It doesn’t matter if they’ve been nominated before – provided they didn’t win you can nominate them again.

From your nominations, and with the help of a panel of people with local knowledge, a shortlist will be put together and a regional winner announced. Fifteen winners – one from each region – then go forward into the national award, where a panel of sports people and BBC Sport types consider the cases of each unsung hero and settle on a winner.

Nominations are now open and you can nominate your inspiring volunteer between now and the deadline – 23:59pm on Sunday, 21 October 2018. You can apply by either:

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