Devon Sports Awards 2017 Nominations Now Open

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Time to nominate your sporting heroes for the twentieth Devon Sports Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the twentieth Devon Sports Awards, which will be celebrated with a grand ceremony at Sandy Park on June 30th 2017.

Organisers of the event, the Exeter Foundation, Active Devon and Exeter College, are urging people to make sure that they use the opportunity to see their clubs, coaches, volunteers and sports stars celebrated and recognised.

Chairman of the Exeter Foundation, Tony Rowe OBE, said: “Each year the Devon Sports Awards aim to recognise as many people as possible who contribute to all levels of sport throughout Devon.”

“The county has a proud sporting history and it is a privilege of the Exeter Foundation to be able to celebrate this and the bright future of sport in Devon.”

For clubs, coaches and community sports people alike, the Devon Sports Awards is a prestigious annual event which celebrates their hard work and achievement across a number of different categories.

“We’ve honoured around 600 sports people, clubs, coaches and volunteers during our 20 years and those people together have kept many thousands of people of all ages more active, competing and having fun” said Matt Evans, Chief Executive of Active Devon.

“Although there are worthy winners each year we honour all our unsung heroes who go out in all weathers, every week to keep teams, clubs and activities running in Devon. You all do a first rate job and we are truly grateful”.

The 2017 Awards see the introduction of some new award categories that recognise the increasing role and impact of businesses in helping their local community and their staff to get fit and active.

“Taking care of the physical and mental health of your staff is now seen as a vital part of attracting the very best staff to your jobs and we are looking to find businesses that are leading the way and showing innovation” said Matt Evans, from Active Devon.

The 2017 categories are:

Devon Coach of the Year
Devon Young Coach of the Year
Devon Volunteer of the Year
Devon Young Volunteer of the Year
Contribution to Inclusive Sport
Devon Club of the Year
Business Contribution to Sport in the Community
Business Contribution to Sporting Activity in the Workplace
Community Sports Performer of the Year

This year’s nominations are open throughout January, February and March and nomination information is available at www.activedevon.org/dsa2017