The BBC is set to honour individuals from the world of grassroots sport with the BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award 2010.
Across the UK everyone is invited to nominate people who have made a difference to their community through sport. Now in its eighth year, the awards recognises and rewards outstanding contributions by individuals at the grassroots level of local sport.
A winner is chosen in each BBC English Region and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each regional winner will then get the chance to join the sporting stars of today at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010, which will be held at Birmingham’s LG Arena in December, where the overall BBC Sports Unsung Hero winner is announced.
Nominations should go to people who go the extra mile – changing the lives of others through sport recognising their selfless work on the part of others. Nominees should be people who, on a voluntary basis, prepare facilities, roll the pitch, coach the juniors, run local sports leagues or work behind the scenes so that sport can be played and enjoyed by people throughout the UK.
Once the nomination process is complete, a shortlist is made for each area, chosen by a panel made up of BBC regional and nation’s sports staff, local sporting figures and other independent community figures with the winner selected by that judging panel.
Last year’s overall winner was Doreen Adcock from Milton Keynes. Doreen, aged 72, impressed the judges with her dedication to teaching people to swim over the last 35 years, choosing her as the overall winner from the 15 regional winners across the UK. Doreen is club leader for Quest Swimming Club and Carlton Youth and Swim Club and has taught 13,000 people to swim, going the extra mile to change the lives of others through sport.
Make your nominations for the BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award 2010 at bbc.co.uk/sportsunsunghero using a printable form.
There is also a low-cost phone number people can call to request nomination forms – 03700 100 800. Calls to this number e the same as costs to 01/02 geographic numbers, although calls from mobiles may cost more depending on the provider. Nomination forms are also available from BBC Local Radio stations and BBC Regional and National Centres and can be made up until midnight on Friday 29th October.