The Barclays Community Sports Awards have kicked off for the 2012/13 season.
The award, now in its third season, aims to recognise the outstanding contribution to grassroots sport by people across the UK.
Every month during the Barclays Premier League season, the award will recognise one of the thousands of volunteers who go that extra mile to make a difference through sport to their local community.
Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel helped launch this season’s award and he encouraged people to nominate their local grassroots hero.
“Sport plays a huge role in communities around the UK and with many health, social and employment benefits, sport has the power to transform lives,” Schmeichel said.
“However, none of this could happen without the unsung heroes who give up their time to bring sport into our communities.”
“So if you know anyone who has recently made a big difference by bringing sport into the community why not nominate them for the Barclays Community Sports Award.”
Each monthly winner receives £1,000 for their group or organisation, a limited edition trophy, and is entered into the end-of-season award to win a further £5,000 – all donated by Barclays Spaces for Sports.
The end-of-season award winner also receives an invitation to a celebratory VIP event in London, with former England defender Gareth Southgate.
The Football Foundation ambassador heads up the judging panel with representatives from Barclays, the Premier League and The Times newspaper.
The award is delivered in partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League’s Creating Chances programme and the Football Foundation.