BBC WALES AND SPORT WALES START SEARCH FOR GRASSROOTS SPORTING HEROES

After the stars of Welsh sport celebrated success at the Euros and in Rio this summer, it is now the turn of Wales’ finest sporting volunteers to step into the limelight.

BBC Wales and Sport Wales are today (20 September 2016) inviting people to nominate the best grassroots coaches and volunteers for recognition at this year’s prestigious Wales Sport Awards.

The categories for nomination are:

  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach to Disabled People of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Community)

The Wales Sport Awards, hosted jointly by BBC Wales and Sport Wales, is the country’s biggest annual celebration of the very best of elite and grassroots sport.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Wales said, “The nation has revelled in an unforgettable year of Welsh sporting success, and it’s absolutely right that our brilliant volunteers will share the same stage with our biggest stars at the Wales Sport Awards. We are asking everyone to take a moment to nominate someone who keeps Welsh sport ticking, so that we recognise the huge contribution of people who are volunteering their valuable time and expertise to nurture the next Gareth Bale, Jade Jones or Aled Davies.”

Dr Paul Thomas, Chair of Sport Wales added, “The community awards are so important because we know the grassroots are the very heart of people’s journey in sport.

“The footballers and the athletes we’ve supported this summer all started their journey somewhere and had a first taste of sport that got that hooked them into a love affair with sport.

“In every corner of Wales there is a coach or volunteer who is giving their own time to support and inspire people to enjoy sport and enjoy all the health, social and other benefits that come with it.

“Often these people don’t realise how important they are, which is why we need to recognise and celebrate their achievements.

“It takes a few minutes to nominate someone, which is nothing compared to the efforts being made by your local volunteer or coach.”

Nominations for the six grassroots awards are now open at walessportawards.co.uk where you can also find more information about the categories.

Nominations close at midday on Friday 30 September.

 The Wales Sport Awards will take place on Monday 5 December in Hoddinott Hall at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.

The ceremony includes the presentation of the prestigious BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award, and also Coach of the Year.

For more information about the event, please go to www.walessportawards.co.uk

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WALES SPORT AWARDS CELEBRATES 2016 SUCCESSES

In recognition of an unprecedented year for Welsh sport, it has been confirmed today that the 2016 Wales Sport Awards will take place on December 5 in Hoddinott Hall at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Jointly run by BBC Wales and Sport Wales for the past three years, the ceremony recognises sporting success at both elite and grassroots levels.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director, BBC Wales said:

“What a momentous year it’s been for Welsh sport. I’m so proud we can come together once again to celebrate these huge sporting achievements, and mark the hard work and dedication that our brilliant ambassadors demonstrate on their journey to success in sport.

Dr Paul Thomas, Chair of Sport Wales added:

“Sport is the Welsh success story and it is important that we are able to tell the story of the people who drive that success at every level.

“All the star athletes we’ve seen this year started in a community club, supported by coaches and volunteers, which is why the Awards are so important.

“We have built up an excellent relationship with BBC Wales and together we can showcase the very best of Welsh sport at a time when we are seeing unparalleled success.”

Details of the nomination process will be announced shortly.