With nominations now open for the upcoming Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards, sportspeople from across the region are beginning to get their nominations in across the 13 categories which are up for grabs.
Among them is the ‘Community Award’ which will be presented to an individual or group who has made a big difference to the community through there sporting initiatives. Sport plays a vital role in communities across the country and it is no different in the Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire region. The award will look at individuals and groups who have inspired local communities making a positive impact in everything they do.
Each category at the awards has the backing of a sponsor with the ‘Community Award’ being supported by Western Power Distribution. The electricity distribution network operator for the Midlands, South West and Wales, they deliver energy to over 7.9 million customers across the country.
Trevor Richards is the Coventry & Warwickshire Distribution Manager at Western Power and he highlighted why they chose to come on board as category sponsor.
“We are delighted to be on board with the Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards” he said.
“The awards are a fantastic way to recognise the sporting achievements in the region, not only for professional sportspeople but for amateurs and those involved at the grass roots of sport within our communities.”
Mr Richards continued to explain what he expects from the winners of this particular category.
“The ‘Community Award’ is a very deserving award that goes to someone that has shown many years of dedication to sport. The winner will have made a positive contribution to the community, providing inspiration and continuous support to many people.”
As well as supporting these awards Western Power Distribution are always looking for ways to support the local community, making their backing of this award extremely apt. Mr Richards discussed the ways in which they contribute to the region.
“We have a responsibility to play a full and active role in our community, supporting charities and communities in practical ways. But we also know that we need to deliver the service that customers expect from us - a reliable and safe power supply that meets their needs” he explained.
“We have a proven track record of excellent customer service and have reduced the number and length of power cuts over the years. Our focus is to continually improve – just like the best sportsmen and sports teams do.”
The finalists in all categories will come together for a celebration like no other at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Home of Warwickshire Country Cricket Club, the venue will host the event which takes place on Thursday 24 October.
As well as taking home one of the night’s coveted trophies, the winner of all awards will be given the chance to be a part of the region’s stand-out sporting event. All finalists will be greeted with a Champagne reception upon arrival before enjoying a sumptuous three-course meal.
As well as this finalists will have the chance to rub shoulders with a number of sporting greats from across the area who will also be in attendance on the night. The awards are extra special as they offer the chance for all sportspeople to be acknowledged. As well as those at the very top of their professional sporting discipline, people of all ages and of all abilities will be celebrated at the ceremony.
Nominations for the awards close on Friday 13 September at which time an expert panel of judges will begin their deliberations. They have the unenviable task of whittling the list of nominees down to a final three and decide on the eventual winner prior to the ceremony.
Ensuring proceedings run smoothly on the night will be hosts badminton star Gail Emms MBE and renowned sports broadcaster Gary Newbon MBE. The pair will also oversee the night’s charity fundraising efforts which will raise money for the Lord’s Taverners.
The UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, they look to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance through a range of initiatives across the country.