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BBC SPORT Scotland's Unsung Heroes

They wash muddy kit, put up goalposts and spend hours coaching and encouraging sporting talent.

Isn't it about time that these unsung sporting heroes got their moment in the spotlight?

Listen to the Radio Scotland trail.

BBC Scotland reports and recognises the talents of our sporting stars every week with live commentaries, news, interviews and features.

Now we want to give praise to the people who helped get them there and who are developing the stars of tomorrow.

Is there an 'unsung hero' in your sports club whose achievements deserve greater recognition? Someone who braves all weathers to prepare the team for the next game? Spends hours organising raffles and fund-raising to keep the club alive? Or drives miles a week to make sure you're there for the event?

At BBC SPORT Scotland we're searching for Scotland's Unsung Heroes of the sporting world. Every month 90 Minutes and Sports Weekly will recognise their contributions to the football and non-football worlds respectively. But we need you to help us find them.

If you know a special person who deserves recognition then we want to hear from you.

The overall winner of the BBC SPORT Scotland Award will also be invited to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award ceremony at Television Centre, London on Sunday 12th December. Included will be travel and one night's accommodation for winner and guest.

The BBC SPORT Scotland winner will also go forward to contest the BBC SPORT Unsung Hero Award.

  • Each programme is looking for an individual who, on a voluntary basis, makes a difference to sport in Scotland.
  • They must give their time and talents to enable others to participate in the sport in question.
  • This may be in helping an individual, group, team or teams.
  • This sport can be at any level.
  • They must be someone who gains no financial reward for their time and effort.
  • They must be aged 16 years or over.
The monthly winners will receive a certificate and be invited to attend a sporting event with the programme teams.

Listen to the radio trail for Unsung Heroes, featuring Sports Weekly presenter John Beattie and 90 Minutes host Jim Spence.

Simply complete all sections of the attached form (Word) and email it to either for non-football nominations or for football-related nominations.

If you prefer, you can print off the form, complete it and send it to BBC Sport Scotland, Room 325, Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow. G12 8DG
  • Your nominee must be informed and have agreed to being entered.
  • The competitions will close on the last day of the respective month and the winners will be announced within two weeks on the programme and posted on this website.
  • Nominees may be asked to appear on Sports Weekly or 90 Minutes.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding their decision.
While we are now searching for monthly heroes, previous our awards were annual. The winner of the 2003 award was Dave Paulin - founder, coach and chairman of American football team the Inverness Blitz. He spends up to 30 hours a week promoting the club and undertakes massive fundraising tasks to raise up to £20,000 a season to keep the club alive.

In 2004 the winner was Gordon Simpson of Clydesdale Rowing Club. Gordon has been a member of the club for 50 years. He does everything - towing the boats, maintaining the equipment and coaching newcomers. Watch a short film about Gordon's contribution.

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