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Nominate your BBC Sports Unsung Hero

The BBC is set to honour individuals from the world of grassroots sport with the BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award 2007, launched today. Across the UK everyone is invited to nominate people who have made a difference to their community through sport.


Now in its fifth year, the BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award, supported by Robinsons, recognises and rewards outstanding contribution by individuals at the grassroots level of local sport.


A local winner will be chosen in each BBC English region and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


They will be joining the sporting stars of today in a glittering ceremony at Birmingham's NEC in December, where the overall UK winner will be announced.


So if you know someone in your area who goes an extra mile to change the lives of others through sport and deserves recognition, we want to hear from you.


You can nominate 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 throughout the UK.


A shortlist of regional nominees in each area will be chosen by the local BBC panel of judges.


Those shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend a regional BBC Sports Awards event*, attended by a host of the region's sports stars, when an overall regional winner will be announced.


Bursaries of up to £2,500 are available to winners of each regional award, to help them with their work in sport.


These 15 regional winners will be joining the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony at the NEC in Birmingham, where a UK winner will be chosen.


Pat Loughrey, BBC Director of Nations and Regions, says: "The BBC is delighted to highlight the work and importance of so many people integral to the sporting success and enjoyment of their communities across the UK – people who might otherwise go unrecognised."


Jonathan Lee, Robinsons Sponsorship Manager, said: "Robinsons is proud to support the Unsung Hero Award which celebrates the commitment of people up and down the country who give something back to their community through sport – encouraging children and adults to participate."


Last year's overall winner was Val Hanover from Oswestry, who has worked to organise events with North Shropshire Special Olympics Club since 1978. Val impressed the judges with her great commitment to people with learning disabilities, firmly believing in the power of sport to enrich lives.


Nominations for the BBC Sports Unsung Hero Award can be made at from Tuesday 28 August until Saturday 3 November 2007.


The 2007 Awards, held for the second time at the NEC in Birmingham, will be covered live on BBC One on Sunday 9 December.


Programme, ticket and voting details will be announced nearer the time.


Notes to Editors


* Local sports awards events are not held in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Nominations are made via a form obtainable from the website People are asked to detail the numbers of years a nominee has been involved in that sport or organisation, the amount of time given each week, what they do, and how it has improved people's enjoyment of sport and life. We also ask what being involved has meant to their local community.


Robinsons are for the first time the overall sponsor of the BBC Sports Unsung Hero award, and also event sponsor of the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year show.


JW/BBC Birmingham Press Office







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Category: Sport
Date: 28.08.2007
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