Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Thanet Sports Awards 2013

Thanet Sports Awards are back! Bigger and better than ever before and now’s your chance to nominate.
The annual event is organised by Thanet District Council’s Sport Matters team, working in partnership with the Thanet Sports Network, showcasing local sporting talent and achievement across all ages with a full range of sporting abilities.
The event is now in its 5th year and is expected to be the best yet. It will build on from the huge success from last year’s event, which saw over 350 people in attendance.
This year’s event will combine community sports nominations, school based awards and will also showcase a ‘surprise’ sporting champion guest speaker to talk about their experiences and journey into sport.  Last year the nominees were greeted by 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones, who rose to stardom with her gold winning Taekwondo display in London.
The Thanet Sports Awards aims to encourage all clubs big or small to get involved in this year’s event. There is a category for everyone and this could be your opportunity to reward someone at your club or school. 
The Thanet Sports Awards 2013 will celebrate “all things sport” – not just high level achievement but also those who have shown extraordinary enthusiasm and dedication.  Family, friends, coaches, teachers and sport professionals are invited to nominate individuals and teams in a number of categories.
Online nominations are available on www.thanet.gov.uk/sportsawards and will go LIVE from Friday 23d August with nominations closing at Midnight on Friday 11th October.
The only conditions are that nominations must be residents of Thanet or members of Thanet based clubs & Schools, and nominations must be for the period 1st September 2012 to 1st September 2013. We only need one nomination for each individual or team and the panel will judge each on its merits. Plus those who were nominated last year can be nominated again.
“We were overwhelmed by the response last year” said Cllr Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Thanet District Council. 
“A year on from the London 2012 Olympic Games we aim to continue the sporting legacy by providing plenty of opportunities for all tiers of the community to be inspired and get involved. 
“Thanet Sports Awards is a fantastic opportunity to reward all the hard work that local voluntary clubs, schools, volunteers and performers put into local sport.”
The Thanet Sports Network is also offering local businesses and other organisations the opportunity to sponsor the awards themselves.  Sponsorship for one award costs £350 with two awards costing £500 and includes the company name and logo on the award, logo and company description in the event programme, two VIP tickets to the event and presentation of the award to the winner. 
Further information and a sponsorship application form are available at www.thanet.gov.uk/sportsawards or call the sports team on 01843 577032.

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