Time to nominate your sporting heroes for a 2019 Devon Sports Award!

Nominations have opened for the 2019 Devon Sports Awards and it’s hoped that 2019 will be a bumper year. The organisers, The Exeter Chiefs Foundation, Active Devon and Exeter College are urging people from all sports, at all levels, to seize the opportunity to celebrate their clubs, coaches, volunteers and sports stars.

For clubs, coaches and community sports people alike, the Devon Sports Awards are a prestigious annual event which celebrate hard work and achievement across a number of different categories. They celebrate the very best of community sport right across Devon, and finalists will be invited to a glittering ceremony on July 11th 2019 where a sporting hero will be the guest speaker.

“Over the last two decades the Devon Sports Awards have honoured hundreds of people and clubs. They have helped countless thousands of people in Devon, of all ages and from all backgrounds, to get into sport, stay active or reach fantastic sporting heights.” said Matt Evans, Chief Executive of Active Devon.

Online nominations have now opened and if you’d like to see a coach, club, volunteer or business honoured at the event, nomination forms can be found at www.activedevon.org/dsa2019. Anybody can suggest someone who inspires them, and every entry will be carefully considered by an expert judging panel who come from all backgrounds and bring vast experience to the judging process.

Once again the increasing role and impact of businesses in helping their local community and their staff to get fit and active will be recognised. As well as our usual two awards for Business Contribution to Sport in the Community and Business Contribution to Staff Wellbeing through Sporting Activity, we have a new award this year for Workplace Activity Champion. This new award is for the individual employee who has gone above and beyond to inspire and support their colleagues and/or influence their employer to get involved in active lifestyles.

“Each year the Devon Sports Awards aim to recognise as many people as possible who contribute to all levels of sport throughout Devon” said Tony Rowe OBE, Chairman of the Exeter Chiefs Foundation. “The county has a proud sporting history and it is a privilege for the Exeter Chiefs Foundation to be able to celebrate this and the bright future of sport in Devon.”

The 2019 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

Workplace Activity Champion

Performances in Community Sport

You can nominate right through to the end of March and nomination forms for both the business categories and the core sporting categories are available at www.activedevon.org/dsa2019

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