Former England international Gareth Southgate has urged the UK's grassroots sports community to give their local sports heroes the credit they deserve by nominating them for a national award.
The Barclays Community Sports Awards recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals who use sport to benefit communities across the UK.
The monthly awards, now in their third season, run alongside the Barclays Player and Manager of the Month awards throughout the Barclays Premier League season to highlight the great effort being made by many in community sport.
Anyone can be nominated for the award, with the only criteria being that the person must have used sport as a means to bring benefit to their local community in some way.
“The Barclays Community Sports Awards are an excellent way to showcase the great work that many volunteers do across the UK in grassroots sports," said Southgate, who heads up the judging panel with representatives from Barclays, the Premier League and Football Foundation.
"It’s important to recognise those doing so much for their communities, so I would urge people to nominate deserving candidates up and down the country for the Barclays Community Sports Awards.
“What’s great about the Barclays Community Sports Awards is it is open to anyone, of any age, from any sport anywhere in the UK. So make sure you nominate a deserving local community hero in your area.”
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.
Last season’s overall award winner was Ros Cramp, a Disability Coordinator at the Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club. Ros has spent the past 12 years developing a fully inclusive club for disabled athletes and also runs the N-Able Herts Disability Sports Association.
Delivered via a partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League’s Creating Chances programme and the Football Foundation, the Barclays Community Sports Awards have seen local heroes from all over the country recognised for their efforts in their community since they launched in 2010.
Do your community proud by nominating someone for the Barclays Community Sports Awards.
If you would like to nominate a local hero who has made a real and lasting difference in their community through sport, visit barclayscommunitysportsaward.com.