ATN badge with ribbonBlackpool’s sporting talent is set to be showcased in a celebration of community sport.

Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool Community Sports Awards 2014 will honour the remarkable achievements of both individuals and teams from across the town in nine separate categories.

Formerly known as the Community Sports Awards which have been held in Blackpool for 25 years, the event will showcase the dedication and commitment of coaches, teams, and volunteers as well as recognising outstanding achievement. It will culminate in a presentation ceremony in the Sponsors Lounge at Blackpool Football Club on Thursday 3 April.

Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool is a partnership between the NHS in Blackpool (Clinical Commissioning Group and Hospitals Trust); Blackpool Council and Blackpool Football Club aimed at improving the health and lifestyles of every person in the town.

High profile names from the world of sport including champion boxer Brian Rose; football legend Jimmy Armfield CBE; Paralympian Shelly Woods; and Lancashire County cricketer Steven Croft support Altogether Now as Health Ambassadors and Blackpool FC players are Health Champions. So the awards night promises to be a star-studded event.

Nigel Hough, Chairman of Blackpool Community Sports Council, said: “I am delighted that once again we are able to celebrate and showcase the amazing sporting talent we have in Blackpool and I am equally pleased that, for the first time, the Sports Council is able to deliver these awards under the banner of Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool.”

The awards are separated into nine categories, recognising not only individuals but teams and sports clubs whose achievements and commitment to sport in Blackpool during 2013 has been outstanding. These are:

  • Coach of the Year
  • Community Club of the Year
  • Team of the Year – Ted Schools Award
  • Disability Award
  • Young Volunteer of the Year (Age 14-24 years)
  • Adult Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Achiever of the Year (Age 14-24 years)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Wilkinson Sword – for outstanding achievement

Dr Amanda Doyle, Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “As the organisation responsible for the healthcare of more than170, 000 patients registered with a GP in Blackpool, we are delighted to be part of an event that plays such a key role in improving lifestyles. Recognising the importance of community sport, whether it takes place on a pitch, a court, in a gym or a pool, is a fantastic thing for Altogether Now to be supporting. And the great thing is the awards are not just about achievement but commitment as well.”

The most prestigious of the awards, the Wilkinson Sword is open to all sports people over the age of 16. Last year’s winner of the award was Altogether Now Health Ambassador Shelly Woods, 27 year old Paralympian and world record breaker.  Shelly, a wheelchair racer, has won three Olympic medals as well as winning the great North Run five times.

Anyone can nominate an individual or team for an award.  A nomination form can be completed online at www.altogethernowblackpool.com or downloaded and returned completed to: Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool Community Sports Awards 2014, Lee House, Layton Depot, Plymouth Road, Blackpool FY3 7HW. Forms are available for collection at the three main Blackpool Council leisure facilities – Palatine Leisure Centre, Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre or Blackpool Sports Centre. You can also follow on Twitter and Facebook @sportblackpool

Nominations close on Saturday 22nd February 2014.