Search is on for South Ribble’s sporting heroes

DOES your team coach go the extra mile? Do you know a sporting volunteer who gives up their time to help improve the lives of others? Or is your community club the best in the borough?

If so, then let us know!

The South Ribble Sports Awards are back for 2017 – and nominations are now open.

People can nominate in 10 different categories, and organisers believe this year’s contest will be the best yet.

The glittering ceremony is a chance to honour the borough’s most devoted sportsmen, women, boys and girls as well as the dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to support them week in, week out.

There will be awards for Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Community Club of the Year and School of the Year.

There will also be the Lewis Balyckyi Rising Star Award presented in memory of the young cyclist, which recognises the most talented performer across the county who has shown exceptional dedication to their sport.

As well as the chance to nominate your adult and young volunteers of the year and an inspirational young leader, there will be awards to recognise services to disability sport and of course, the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

The gongs will be presented at a special ceremony held at the Best Western Leyland Hotel on Friday, 23 June.

South Ribble Mayor, Councillor Linda Woollard, said: “The awards are a true highlight of the year and celebrate the wealth of sporting talent we are so lucky to have in South Ribble.

“It is wonderful that the awards can give our inspirational individuals, teams, clubs and schools the credit they deserve for their tremendous commitment on the pitch and that those who selflessly give up their time to volunteer are also honoured.

“I want to personally thank the people who work hard to make it such a terrific occasion every year, as well our sponsors for their excellent support.

“I would encourage everyone to have a good look at the categories and to get nominating. Let’s make this year’s awards the best yet!”

For more information or to nominate someone you know, visit:

Entries must be received by Friday, 31 March.


Team of the Year

Recognises a team that is the pride of South Ribble.

Adult Volunteer of the Year

To honour those who have given up their free time to volunteer in sport in a non-coaching capacity.

Young Volunteer of the Year

A young person who has given up their free time to volunteer in sport.

Community Club of the Year – sponsored by South Ribble Community Leisure Trust (SERCO)

This award is given to an active and well-run sports club that has undertaken great work in running development programmes which attract and retain participants, particularly those from under-represented groups, and which help their members to develop their sports potential.

Coach of the Year - sponsored by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

We’re looking for a coach who has invested their time and expertise to help those interested in sport to develop their talent and to realise their full potential.

Lewis Balyckyi Rising Star Award

This special award, presented in memory of young cyclist Lewis Balycki, is for the most talented performer across the county who has shown exceptional dedication to their sport and has the potential to perform at the highest level.

Nominations are encouraged from those who have represented their county, region or country in their chosen sport.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Individual who has shown a consistent lifetime commitment (20+ years) and made a major contribution to community sport within South Ribble.

School of the Year

Given to a primary or secondary school that has excelled in school sport and physical activity over the last 12 months.

Young Leader of the Year

Nominated by local high schools, this award rewards a young leader who has flourished in their field sport.

Services to Disability Sport - sponsored by Eric Wright Group

Recognises an individual, administrator, coach or official who has made a highly significant voluntary contribution to disability sport.

Pictured at the 2016 awards is Young Volunteer of the Year Hannah Heaton, who received her award from Mark Snaylam, of SERCO.