Earlier this year Birmingham City University, which is home to around 24,000 students, announced that its sports and exercise students will benefit from the use of facilities at the city’s Alexander Stadium.
The stadium which is in the process of a redevelopment ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, will house all of the University’s sport and exercise programmes, as well as provide sports provision for students.
Off the back of this exciting news, the University has also revealed it is taking another stride within the local sporting industry by sponsoring the upcoming Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards.
Taking place on Thursday 24 October at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the ceremony is all about bringing together sportspeople competing on all levels. And its males at the top of their game that the University is backing.
Through the Professional Sportsman of the Year Award, the establishment will present a trophy to one man that has shown immense dedication and achieved prestigious accolades within his chosen sport.
Mark Jeffreys, the University’s Director of Sport and Physical Activity addressed their involvement with the event, commenting on the reasoning behind their support.
“Birmingham City University is committed to the development of sport across the city,” he said.
“The sponsorship of these awards helps celebrate the importance of sport to the city of Birmingham and to the region as a whole.”
The finalists for this award and the other 12 are currently being deliberated upon by an independent panel of judges and will be revealed imminently.
Mr Jeffreys noted that he hoped to see a winner that ‘demonstrated both talent and hard work’ and on the skills that it takes to succeed in sport, he added: “in order to succeed at sport at a professional level you have to demonstrate an amazing level of commitment, persistence, hard work and often a little bit of luck.”