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It’s time to nominate your sporting heroes!

Cllr Smalley, Paula Stainton and Keith Morris launch the awards at York Stadium
l-r: Cllr Smalley, Paula Stainton and Keith Morris launch the awards at York Stadium

Published Wednesday, 11 May 2022

The York Sports Awards are back for 2022 and Active York is calling out for nominations.

These nominations will celebrate the people of York who play, coach, organise, volunteer and support sport and physical activity across the city.

The awards recognise a huge breadth of sportspeople and those making activity happen in the city. They will celebrate players, coaches and volunteers from all age groups, schoolchildren to adults.

Active York is part of the Active York Strategic Partnership Board which includes City of York Council, York Sport at the University of York and York City Football Club Foundation. All these organisations have committed to sponsoring some of the16 different awards that will be recognised within three different categories: Young Achievers, Senior Achievers and Special Contribution.

The council is sponsoring the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award, with the Rugby League World Cup sponsoring the Wellbeing Engagement Project and Event of the Year. Both aim to celebrate and support individuals and organisations which promote active lifestyles, and the wellbeing benefits they bring.

To be eligible for nomination for any of the awards, nominees must have lived, have been in full-time education, coach, volunteer or organise, train or play sport within City of York Council’s boundaries between January 2020 and December 2021. View the full list of awards, criteria and the nomination process online.

You can nominate as many people as you like across multiple awards. But please submit your nominations before Sunday 29 May. The finalists will be announced on Wednesday 1 June, when booking opens for attendance at the award ceremony.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities at City of York Council, said:

Active York have worked hard to bring the awards back this year, because we all recognise the importance of celebrating and cheering on everyone committed to keeping us active and giving us the sports we love to play and watch in York.

"Please make sure that the city’s many incredible sporting endeavours are recognised and rewarded with your nomination.”

Keith Morris, Chair of Active York, Head of Sport, University of York; said:

After a few years when we were unable to stage the Sports Awards, it is fantastic that Active York has been able to re-launch this special event that helps to celebrate all that is great about sport across the city.

“The awards evening will be a special evening of celebration where we can bring the sporting community together again. I'd encourage everyone to spread word of the awards and please nominate anyone worthy of the recognition they deserve.”

Paula Stainton, York City Football Club Foundation Manager, said:

York City Football Club Foundation are delighted with the return of the Awards and to be supporting them again.

"Not only to celebrate the top sports men and women in York but, in keeping with our own ethos, to recognise the unsung heroes, both individuals and organisations locally, who inspire people to engage in physical activity and to take care of their health and wellbeing.”

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said:

The York Sports Awards are a brilliant opportunity to celebrate our city's thriving sporting community. In a year full of major sporting events and tournaments, including the Rugby League World Cup which comes to York this November, it is so important to recognise our very own sporting heroes.

"Nominations are now open, don't miss the opportunity to champion those who have gone above and beyond."