Western Power Distribution (WPD) is delighted to support the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards again this year. This year we’re delighted to support the Junior Sportsman of the Year Award. It is a great opportunity to recognise the hard work and talents right here in the city. We hope that through supporting this award, we can help to build confidence in young women in sport and to encourage equal opportunities and success for women’s sport.
We are the electricity distribution network operator for Leicestershire as well as the rest of the Midlands, South West England and South Wales. We ensure that our electricity network of pylons, cables, wires and substations deliver a safe and reliable electricity supply to over 7.9 million customers.
Smith Partnership are both proud and excited to be the headline sponsors of the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards for the third year. We are also again backing the Community Award. Sport is close to all of our hearts and we know it plays an enormously positive role in binding the local community together and inspiring people of all ages to be active, Sport at its best can be truly inspirational to all. These Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the many sporting achievements we have seen in Leicestershire over the last year, it is not just about the huge achievements, but also about the local sporting heroes. Given our commitment to the local area, choosing to recognise all those who work so hard was a very simple decision
Alison Neate - Head of Professional Liability, Managing Partner, Smith Partnership
Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan said: “As long-time sponsors of the Young Sportsman of the Year award, what strikes me every year is the absolute, single-minded dedication from the nominees to the honing of their talent and mastery of their craft. It is a level of personal sacrifice that fully deserves to be acknowledged, regardless of which young sportsman takes home the prize.
“It’s also an opportunity for us to recognise the remarkable level of support provided by parents, guardians, coaches, teachers and mentors to allow these young people to realise their potential and chase their dreams. Even in a community as accustomed to sporting excellence as ours, such support should never be taken for granted.
“Congratulations to all of the night’s nominees and best of luck for the evening.”
HSBC is proud to be associated with the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards, and we are delighted to be sponsoring the Coach of the Year category. HSBC is passionate about supporting local communities, and sport is at the very heart of this, from grass roots level to professional clubs. We look forward to an evening celebrating the sporting contributions and achievements across our county, and want to wish the very best of luck to everyone shortlisted across the categories.
Elliott Watts, Business Development Director
‘Grandstand Motor Sports is delighted to be associated with such an acclaimed event and extremely proud to be the sponsor of the Neville Hamilton Award at the 2018 Leicester Mercury Sports Awards.
Based locally in Groby, Grandstand Motor Sports is the UK’s leading motorsports tour operator, specialising in tailor-made motor racing holidays worldwide.
The travel business has been successfully booking trips to F1, MotoGP, World Superbikes, Le Mans, NASCAR, Indycar and Classic car historic races since 2005. Their experienced team have decades of experience in organising holidays for fellow race enthusiasts.
Debbie Wolfe-Kinch, Director, Grandstand Motor Sports’
“Everards is delighted to be sponsoring the Club of the Year category. Sports clubs are at the heart of their community in much the same way as a local pub. We’re as passionate about supporting this community spirit as we are about beer. From small clubs to ones as big as our partners Leicester Tigers and Leicester Riders, we’re excited to celebrate their sporting endeavours and the contributions they make to their communities.”
Erika Hardy – Head of Marketing, Everards
7 Infantry Brigade and HQ East ‘The Desert Rats’ is proud to sponsor the Sportswoman of the Year award. As the main regional Army presence in the East Midlands we work with Leicestershire schools, colleges, youth organisations and sports clubs to help inspire young people to reach their potential. We have a team of dedicated solders who use the vast array of transferable skills learnt in the Army to deliver STEM activities, team and confidence building challenges and lots more.
Col David Wakefield OBE