Frankie & Benny’s Wisbech Sports Awards are open for entries

Wisbech Sports Awards 2014 launch at Queen Mary Centre and Frankie & Bennys, Wisbech. Left:Tom Jackson content editor of the Wisbech Standard, Nicola Knowles of Luminus, Terry Jordan Clerk to Wisbech council, John Elworthy Editor of the Wisbech Standard. Deputy Mayor of Wisbech David Hodgson and Steven Shand of Frankie and Benny's Wisbech Sports Awards 2014 launch at Queen Mary Centre and Frankie & Bennys, Wisbech. Left:Tom Jackson content editor of the Wisbech Standard, Nicola Knowles of Luminus, Terry Jordan Clerk to Wisbech council, John Elworthy Editor of the Wisbech Standard. Deputy Mayor of Wisbech David Hodgson and Steven Shand of Frankie and Benny's

Friday, August 29, 2014
9:30 AM

The Wisbech Standard is delighted to announce today the launch of the first ever Wisbech Sports Awards.

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Wisbech Sports Awards 2014 launch at Queen Mary Centre and Frankie & Bennys, Wisbech. Editor John Elworthy of the Wisbech Standard.Wisbech Sports Awards 2014 launch at Queen Mary Centre and Frankie & Bennys, Wisbech. Editor John Elworthy of the Wisbech Standard.

And we are triply delighted to reveal our partners in these inaugural awards are Wisbech Town Council, The Luminus Group and, providing the feast of prizes, the award-winning restaurant chain Frankie & Benny’s.

The awards night has been set for Thursday, December 11, at the Queen Mary Centre, Wisbech, and will feature a celebration of all that is best in Wisbech sport.

We will be honouring individuals and teams who have played a role in making Wisbech a sporting haven – seeking out nominations from individuals, clubs, schools and sporting associations across the town and within a six to seven-mile radius.

We will be looking for nominees in coaching, management, club or sport service, as well as looking for outstanding achievement in age groups and recognising those with disabilities who have conquered goals and won a community over with their endeavour and determination.

The categories

Coach/Manager of the Year

The winner will show ability, achievement, dedication and commitment to their given sport as well as longevity in their sporting career (relevant to age).

Lifetime Achievement

A special award marking the longevity of the winner. Someone who stands out for the particular role they have played in competing, supporting or encouraging sport. It could be someone who has set up a club or launched a successful sporting initiative.

Outstanding Achievement

(Over 18)

Relating to performance and team spirit throughout the year depending on age.

Outstanding Achievement

(Under 18)

Relating to performance and team spirit throughout the year depending on age.

Outstanding Achievement

(with a disability)

This awards focuses on achievements throughout the year, plus overall performance, determination and commitment to overcome their disability.

School of the Year

This award is open to primary, junior and secondary schools. The winning school will have to show how it promotes sports to pupils, fitting into the curriculum, and encouraging and supporting after schools clubs.

Sports Personality of the Year

The winner of this category will be someone who has a record of sporting achievement, someone who puts so much into their club and who stands out for the way they inspire others to achieve or take up sport.

Team of the Year (Junior under 18)

Open to clubs catering for under 18s, this award recognises achievement and looks for increases in membership, initiatives and future plans and any official recognition throughout the year as well as team spirit and profile.

Team of the Year (Senior)

Open to clubs catering for the over 18s, this award recognises achievement and looks for increases in membership, initiatives and future plans and any official recognition throughout the year as well as team spirit and profile.

Roger Green Unsung Hero Award

Someone who has gone that extra mile to compete in sport or enable others to compete. An individual who works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sport happen and works hard to encourage others.

The full list of categories is shown below – it is now up to you, our readers, to make this event sparkle.

There are 10 categories and thanks to the generosity of our main sponsor, Frankie & Benny’s, we will be awarding £50 restaurant vouchers in each of the seven individual categories.

There will be a special prize, too, for the school of the year and for the junior team winner the prize will be a ‘pizza party’ hosted by Frankie and Benny’s.

It is to the new restaurant adjacent the Light Cinema that the winning senior team will be heading too – again for a special party laid on for them by our sponsors.

From Wisbech Town Council and the Wisbech Standard will come certificates and trophies – and all those invited to the awards night, will receive commendations.

The finals night will be hosted by a sporting celebrity (to be announced later) and the evening will feature music, entertainment, a light buffet and a bar.

Tickets for the occasion will go on sale later but at just £5 for adults, and £2.50 for under-16s, are certain to be snapped up quickly.

So all YOU have to do now is to glance through the categories, decide which individual/team you want to put forward, and send us your nomination.

Entries can be made up to 5pm on October 20, after which a judging panel will draw up a shortlist for the spectacular final.

The sponsors have decided that the award for ‘unsung hero’ will become the Roger Green Unsung Hero Award, commemorating the memory of a former mayor and councillor who did much over many years for Wisbech and who relished and supported sport both locally and regionally.

To nominate a team or person, see today’s Wisbech Standard.

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