Sports stars shine at glittering awards night

A star-studded awards ceremony held to celebrate the achievements of local talented and dedicated sports people was a glittering success on Thursday night.

The fourth annual Malvern Hills District Community Sports Awards, sponsored by UK Flood Barriers, was held at Malvern College on Thursday 3 July, to recognise outstanding sporting achievement and commitment to sport within the district over the past 12 months.

AN:Event Services added glamour to the evening by providing the production and technical support.

Over 200 nominees, guests, sponsors and VIPs attended the glitzy awards evening, which was organised by Malvern Hills District Council and compered by BBC Hereford & Worcester radio presenter Andrew Easton.

The event opened with a spectacular performance by Bromyard Tae Kwon Do followed by inspirational speeches from University of Gloucestershire Coach in Education Lecturer, Paul Garner, and Captain of the England Cerebral Palsy Football Team, Jack Rutter.

Ivor Pumfrey, Head of Community Services at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "A fantastic evening was had by all celebrating sporting achievements in the district and recognising local people's contribution to sport over the past year. Congratulations to the individuals, clubs and teams who were nominated for the awards. The council is extremely proud to be able to celebrate and reward them."

11 awards were presented on the evening, including Young Male and Female Sports Personality of the Year awards, Inclusive Project of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

The awards were sponsored by a number of local businesses and organisations.

Harry Robinson, winner of the Young Male Sports Personality Award, said: "It is an honour just to be nominated along side such great athletes. To win just really topped off the night for me. It was an absolute pleasure to get the award."