Celebrating sporting success in Swale


With the Olympics just a year away, the football season just beginning and with the England men’s cricket team celebrating becoming the number one test side in the world, now is a great time to be involved in sport.

That’s why Swale Borough Council want to hear from you if you know of anyone who deserves to be nominated for their sporting achievements in Swale.

Swale Borough Council is once again pleased to be backing the Active Swale Sports Awards 2011, which will take place at the Abbey School in Faversham on Friday 2 December at 7 pm.

Active Swale is the community sports network in Swale that aims to raise the profile of sports in the borough. The awards therefore recognise and celebrate the truly amazing breadth of enthusiasm, talent and commitment seen within community sport in Swale.

Among last year’s winners were Deanna Cooper, a double England U17s Football and Cricket International, and Mark Rogers, Secretary of the Sheppey Sunday League. In 2009, Stephen Brown from Sittingbourne was one of the winners. He has featured recently on ‘That Paralympics Show’ on Channel 4 as part of the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby squad.

There are seven award categories: Senior Sports Performer of the Year; Junior Sports Performer of the Year; Senior Disability Sports Performer of the Year; Junior Disability Sports Performer of the Year; Unsung Hero/Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by the Swale Council for Voluntary Services and Volunteer Centre); Copach/Manager of the Year; and Sports Club of the Year.

The nomination process is open now. Anyone can nominate an individual or club for the Sports Awards. Please use a separate form for each individual nomination. All nominations must be on official forms (photocopies are acceptable). Forms can soon be downloaded online at www.swale.gov.uk or obtained by phoning James Thatcher, Swale Borough Council’s Recreation Officer, on 01795 417109.

The deadline for submitted forms is Tuesday 01 November. A panel of experienced judges from Active Swale, the community sports network will shortlist the top three nominees from each category. If short-listed your nominee will be invited by letter to attend the awards evening when the results will be announced with prizes and trophies.

Councillor John Wright, Swale Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration and Economy, said “We are delighted to be backing the Active Swale awards again. What shone through last year was the huge appetite there is in Swale for sport. With 289 sports clubs in Swale, including 112 football clubs and 25 cricket clubs, it’s obvious that people in Swale embrace sport. It is wonderful that these awards highlight the individuals who not only are shining examples of what can be achieved in their sport, but those who give their time so generously to help others.

“Sport unites people from all backgrounds and can inspire them to achieve often unthinkable things together. We eagerly await hearing about this year’s nominees.”

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