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The Leicester Mercury Sports Awards can be entered by both disabled and non-disabled people, athletes and teams across all categories.

There are certain individuals whose sustained contribution to Leicestershire sport over many years merits special recognition. This award celebrates a truly special sportsperson who has made a lasting impact on the region through their phenomenal career in sport.

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The Sportsman of the Year Award celebrates the Leicestershire player in any sport that has most impressed this year. Quite simply recognising the best of the best, this award goes to an outstanding individual that the whole of Leicestershire can be proud of!

Entrants will have displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.

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This Sportswoman of the Year Award is for the most outstanding Leicestershire sportswoman this year. The ultimate high achiever, this award acknowledges performances of the highest quality from a truly inspirational sportswoman.

Entrants will have displayed an outstanding level of personal achievement at district, county, regional, national or international level.

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The Team of the Year Award is for Leicestershire’s best team. Demonstrating amazing sporting ability and embodying the true spirit of team-work, this award is for the team that have put in the most inspirational performances of the year.

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This award recognises an individual who has inspired, plotted and motivated their team to achieve great things this year. Their hard work and dedication is recognised in this category and the winner will be celebrated for their contribution to their chosen sport. A qualified coach or manager (paid/unpaid) who has made a major contribution to the lives of people through their coaching or managing by getting them involved with sport and physical activity or by progressing their skills to another level will be eligible to enter this award.

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The Neville Hamilton Award is one of the most important of the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards evening – and certainly the most poignant.

Each year, the nominations for the award invariably highlight a story which is worthy of special praise. It might be the outstanding efforts of an individual or the performances of a club which come to light.

Before 2009, the category was simply called the Judges’ Award and one of those judges was the former Leicester City footballer Neville Hamilton.

The Leicester Mercury Sports Awards is now in its 21th year, but it was Neville, as one of the judges, who helped establish the event across the Leicestershire and Rutland sporting community.

Neville, who also went on to coach at Leicester City after his playing career with his home-town club, along with Wolves and Mansfield, sadly died in February 2009.

The event organisers felt it was only fitting that the Judges’ Award was, therefore, renamed in Neville’s honour, as it has been for every year since. The present judges – Nick Carter, George Smolinski, Edwin James, Nicky Collett and George Oliver – have the task of making sure Neville’s memory is suitably marked.

Last year, the award went to Kevin Routledge, who has been associated with Leicester Riders for 40 years as owner and player and was instrumental in bringing the purpose-built Leicester Arena to the city.

This year, the honour will have another hugely deserving recipient.

 

 

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Community is at the heart of the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards. Bringing communities together and inspiring the whole of Leicestershire, physical activity and sport can have a hugely positive impact on the life of communities. This award is designed to celebrate an exceptional contribution to a community through physical activity and sport.

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This award recognises the most outstanding Leicestershire club. Taking into account all aspects of the club, both on and off the pitch, this award celebrates a club that the whole of Leicestershire can be proud to get behind. We also want to honour clubs who include social and community engagement, encouraging more people to be involved in sport and physical activity, helping to keep people engaged and having a positive impact on people’s lives.

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The Active for Life Award will honour an individual or group who has changed their own life through sport and physical activity. They will have made a lifestyle change to include sport, get fit and keep active and will be an inspiration to others to do the same. We are looking for those with an inspirational story who are a true credit to sport!

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This award recognises a school, college or youth team that has excelled in its chosen sport. Demonstrating an inspiring level of dedication to achievement, great teamwork and building upon their success continually for excellent results

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This award is designed to highlight the sporting stars that we will all enjoy watching in professional sport in the future. Celebrating the achievements of a hugely talented young sportswoman between the ages of 13 and 18, this award recognizes the dedication, hard-work and sheer skill of the county’s most promising young talents.

(Up to 11 years)

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This award is designed to highlight the sporting stars that we will all enjoy watching in professional sport in the future. Celebrating the achievements of a hugely talented young sportsman between the ages of 13 and 18, this award recognizes the dedication, hard-work and sheer skill of the county’s most promising young talents.

(Up to 11 years)

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This award celebrates the region’s very best junior sportsman who competes as an amateur, recognising their incredible achievements made within their discipline over the past year. A simply outstanding individual, the award is a way to reward such inspirational success from a grassroots level.

11-18 Years

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This award celebrates the region’s very best junior sportswoman who competes as an amateur, recognising their incredible achievements made within their discipline over the past year. A simply outstanding individual, the award is a way to reward such inspirational success from a grassroots level.

11-18 Years

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