Preston in gear for big night

Sponsors of Preston Sports Awards
Sponsors of Preston Sports Awards
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Preparations are well under way for one of the most popular events on the Preston sporting calendar.

The ninth annual Walker Smith Way Legal Preston Sports Awards will be held on Friday, March 7, at the city’s Guild Hall.

Organisers held a celebration event at Preston’s College this week to launch the Sports Awards and gave clubs a platform to recognise their volunteers who go the extra mile.

Preston gymnast Bella Raven attended to give sponsors and volunteers from across the city an insight into her preparations towards competing against Olympians at the English Championships in the hope to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jane Booker, partner at headline sponsors Walker Smith Way Legal, said: “It’s always an honour attending the volunteer celebration event and hearing the inspiring achievements of these dedicated people.

“The evening also signals the launch of the Preston Sports Awards which we are proud to sponsor once again.

“I would encourage people to get their nominations in soon, as the deadline is fast approaching.”

There will be 17 awards up for grabs. The award sponsored by Preston City Council has been amended in memory of Cllr Tom Burns, who recently passed away.

Nominations are being accepted until Monday, February 3.

Award catagories:

Coach of the year (aged 16 years plus)

Sponsor – BMW Bowker

Club of the year

Sponsor – Surridge

Volunteer of the year (Adult – aged over 25 years)

Sponsor – FWP Architecture

Volunteer of the year (Young – aged up to 24 years)

Sponsor – CVS Central Lancashire

Rising star

Sponsor - Millers Taxis

Achievement/Performance

of the year (male junior)

Sponsor – Walker Smith Way Solicitors

Achievement/Performance

Of the year (female junior)

Sponsor – Preston College

Achievement/Performance

Of the year (senior)

Sponsor – Shoutnetwork.co.uk

Service to disability sport

Sponsor – Ambulant Physiotherapy Ltd

Team performance of the year (junior team)

Sponsor – UCLan

Team performance of the year (senior team)

Sponsor – Skiddle

School team of the year (primary)

Sponsor – GB Energy

School team of the year (secondary)

Sponsor – Wallwork, Nelson & Johnson

Community organisation of the year

Sponsor – Jigsaw Training

Higher/Further education team of the year Sponsor – McDade Roberts

Special recognition/service to sport

Sponsor – Preston City Council, in memory of Councillor Tom Burns

Lifetime achievement (aged 30 years plus)

Sponsor – John Turner Construction Group

l For information and tickets for the awards, please call Preston Council’s Sport and Health Development Unit on 01772 906188, or e-mail go2sportandhealth@preston.gov.uk.