NOMINATIONS are being sought for a major new sports awards event.
The inaugural MBNA Northern Sports Awards – covering the whole of the north of England – will recognise clubs, organisations and individuals across a broad spectrum of sporting skills, with categories ranging from Best Grass Roots Scheme to Best Digital Marketing Campaign and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
A total of 13 categories are open for nominations. These are: Best Community Programme; Best Grass Roots club/scheme; Best Grassroots Sports Coach; Best Northern Sports Journalist; Best Sports Sponsorship of the Year; Best Sports Marketing & Communications Campaign; Best Digital Marketing Campaign; Best Sports Related Website; Best New Sports Technology; Best Business Services to Sport Award; Best Professional Services to Sport Award; Unsung Hero; and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Organisers of the event want to encourage all sporting disciplines to take part in the awards, from grassroots sports to the elite performers, to demonstrate the diversity of sport in the region.
The awards are free to enter to anyone involved in any aspect of sport and the business of sport as long as they are based in northern England. People can nominate via the MBNA Northern Sports Awards website at www. northsportsawards.co.uk and entries will be judged by an independent judging panel. Entries can be submitted online, by email and post.
MBNA are headline sponsors of the awards and the company’s Communications Executive John Greaves said: “Sport is important to our business; it is also important to the thousands of people working for us who, with their families and friends, are enjoying sports at all levels.
“What is great about the Northern Sports Awards is that they recognise the grassroots of sport in our region, as well as the elite performers.
“The fact this is a celebration of all that is good about sport in the north of England makes us proud sponsors of these awards.”
The MBNA Northern Sports Awards will take place at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, on July 4.
In addition to the 13 categories open for nominations, there will also be a list of six additional categories which will be shortlisted by a panel of sports journalists before being put to the public vote.