Nominate your community sports hero – Southgate

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

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  1. Steven Fairgrieve on February 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Im chairman treasurer secretary manager coach strip washer groundsman and anything else that needs doing between and on match days.i set up this team from scratch 6 seasons ago. And have never looked back since. I do it simply for my love of the sport and the enjoyment my team gets out of it. We slowly getting better and hopefully are in for a shout at our 1st trophy this year. Thats my main goal. I have seen my self marking pitches out on a friday night at 9:00 if the council have failed to do so. Also i have seen me on a morning on my own shoveling snow off the lines to get games played. Ive never played at a high level and grass roots is as high as i will ever go but i love the sport and dont see any of this as a chor. The money would help out our team immensely. Thanks.

  2. Tracy Bailey on February 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    As an active member of a voluntary local provision for children and their families in an area of Bolton suffering effects of current austerity measures which are undoubtedly effecting local communities, I would like to highlight a community that despite been faced with adversity are pulling together and community spirit is on the rise however they need much support hence this appeal. In the three years the club has been established the number of local children accessing the provision has risen to 95 children, with the majority of those children’s parents taking an active role within the club of which I am one.

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