Nominees sought for 10th awards

AWARDS LAUNCH: Mayor of Preston, Cllr Nick Pomfret, and Mayoress Mrs Barbara Pomfret, along with Head of School and Academic Director of Sport at Uclan, Dr Adrian Ibbetson
AWARDS LAUNCH: Mayor of Preston, Cllr Nick Pomfret, and Mayoress Mrs Barbara Pomfret, along with Head of School and Academic Director of Sport at Uclan, Dr Adrian Ibbetson
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Preparations are well underway for one of the most popular events on the Preston sporting calendar.

The 10th annual Walker Smith Way Preston Sports Awards – in association with Preston Guild Hall Ltd – will be held on Friday, March 13 at Preston Guild Hall.

This year will be one to remember with the city celebrating decade of the annual event.

A celebration event to launch the Sports Awards was held last week at Preston’s College. Part of the proceedings gave local sports clubs a platform to recognise their volunteers who go the extra mile.

Richard Ellis, of Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club, attended to give sponsors and volunteers from across the city an insight into how the club had benefited from being recognised as the Community Organisation of the Year at the Preston Sports Awards in 2014.

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Nick Pomfret also attended on Monday and commented on the brilliant work of volunteers

He said: “Many clubs and events, but especially those represented here, would not be able to continue or even open their doors if it wasn’t for the wonderful people who volunteer their time. Commitment and dedication are required by athletes – both amateur and professional –but they are also two essential qualities that apply to volunteers across the city.

“I would personally like to thank them for their hard work and continued enthusiasm.”

At the 2015 Preston Sports Awards, there will be 17 awards up for grabs. Nominations are being accepted until Monday, February 2.

Online nominations can be completed via the council’s website – www.preston.gov.uk/sportsawards

For information and tickets for the awards, please call Preston Council’s Sport and Health Development team on 01772 906182, or e-mail go2sportandhealth@preston.gov.uk