All of us with a connection to grassroots sport are only too aware that it could not exist without those who give up their free time to make it happen. The volunteers, the coaches, everybody who chips in in some way, shape or form. The BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award returns for 2019 to celebrate those volunteers who help grassroots sports and other physical activities take place.

Now in its 17th year, Unsung Hero 2019 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. It’s so important to keep our volunteers invested and incentivised, and what better way to do that than by showing our appreciation and giving them the chance to enjoy a moment in the spotlight.

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 social media pages, the unfortunate soul lumbered with the treasurer’s job, 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, 20 October 2019. You can submit your nomination here.

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