Sporting stars and unsung heroes sought

The hunt is on for sporting stars and the unsung heroes behind their success with the return of the Malvern Hills District Community Sports Awards.

Now in their sixth year, the awards take place at Malvern College on 14 July and will recognise coaches, clubs, volunteers and those who play sport.

Nominations are being sought for the 13 categories including Volunteer of the Year and Inclusive Project of the year, with the winners announced on the night in front of more than 200 dignitaries and guests.

Malvern Hills District Council is organising the event which is being sponsored by UK Flood Barriers for the third year in a row.

The ceremony will be hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester drive time presenter Andrew Easton, and produced by Malvern-based AN Event Services.

Winners will be automatically shortlisted for the County Sports Awards in November.

Last year’s event was the biggest ever with a record number of nominations and it is hoped that success can be repeated this time around.

Cllr David Watkins, portfolio holder for healthier communities on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “What makes the awards special is they not only recognise the success of those who play sport, but the behind the scenes volunteers as well who put in hours of their time for nothing to make that possible.

“By shining a light on them I hope it will inspire others to get active. I would urge everyone to nominate a club, team or individual who you think deserves to be celebrated at this prestigious event.”

To make a nomination online visit

Forms can be requested from Jordan Cotton by emailing or call 01684 862372. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are also available. Email for more information.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, 27 May.

The full list of award categories is: community project, inclusive project, club team, coach, club, newcomer, young volunteer, volunteer, young female sports personality, young male sports personality, female sports personality, male sports personality and unsung hero.