Anyone wishing to have a team or individual recognised in the 2018/19 Derry Strabane Sports Awards have until this Friday May 10th to submit their nomination.
The annual awards are jointly hosted by Derry City and Strabane District Council in conjunction with the District Sports Forum and aim to publicly recognise the individuals, teams and clubs that contributed to sport in the Council area over the last 12 months.
The final deadline to nominate is Friday May 10th at 4pm before the winners of the 17 categories are announced at a gala presentation night at the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane on Thursday May 30th.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, urged the public to take ownership of the awards by submitting their nominations this week.
“The Derry and Strabane Sports Awards are a celebration of the year in sport and an ideal way to recognise the athletes and coaches from our City and District who have excelled over the last 12 months,” he said.
“We enjoy remarkably high participation numbers across a wide variety of disciplines in our Council area and this is an ideal way to reward the dedication of our local sports fraternity and recognise their achievements on the local, national and international stage.
“If you know a team or individual you feel is worthy of recognition submit your nomination before Friday at 4pm using the form on the Council’s website or visit any Council leisure centre and office.”
Categories in this year’s awards include Sports Star of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, and Club of the Year.
To be eligible for the awards, sports persons must reside in the Council area and all nominees must be involved in an amateur status sport that is recognised by Sport Northern Ireland and the Irish Sports Council.
Organisations, local sports clubs, schools, youth clubs and individuals can make nominations. The nominator, nominee, a team representative and a guest will be invited to the awards ceremony and all nominees will receive a certificate.
The full list of categories is: Coach of the Year, Community Coach of the Year, Children’s Coach of the Year, Young Coach of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Disability Coach of the Year, Sports Star of the Year, Young Male Sports Star of the Year, Young Female Sports Star of the Year, School Team of the Year, Team of the Year, Sports Star of the Year with a disability, Special Award, Hall of Fame, Club of the Year, Individual Active Travel Award and Group Active Travel Award.
The closing date for nominations is 4pm on Friday May 10th, forms are available from Derry City and Strabane District Council leisure centres and offices or you can download the nomination form at www.derrystrabane.com/sportsawards.