More reason to celebrate as two awards announced

NOMINATION LAUNCH: Councillor Jo Rayer and Sarah Howard MBE chair of ACL with Gary Atyes, Katie Bavester, Alison Blackwell, Ian Evans and Jessica Nelson at the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards nomination launch
NOMINATION LAUNCH: Councillor Jo Rayer and Sarah Howard MBE chair of ACL with Gary Atyes, Katie Bavester, Alison Blackwell, Ian Evans and Jessica Nelson at the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards nomination launch
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Abbeycroft Leisure have announced two sports awards as more people get the chance to take part in achievement awards in West Suffolk.

Suffolk’s largest leisure trust, Abbeycroft Leisure, this week announced it will be holding sports awards for both St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath.

St Edmundsbury Sports Awards is in its 10th year but it is the first time Abbeycroft Leisure has staged sister awards in Forest Heath.

The leisure trust is seeking nominations across 11 categories for the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards and the Forest Heath Sports Awards, including Sports Personality of the Year, Individual Achievement and Triumph Over Adversity categories.

For the first time, members of the public will also be able to attend the award ceremonies to celebrate their local sporting heroes, as well as pay tribute to the volunteers who support them.

Both awards are being sponsored by Greene King with local companies being invited to sponsor the individual awards themselves.

Abbeycroft Leisure chief executive Warren Smyth said: “In West Suffolk we live in a truly great sporting community. This is reflected in all those individuals and teams taking part in sport, their clubs, societies, groups, and all those who support them.

“St Edmundsbury Sports Awards is now celebrating its 10th year and we are looking forward to a great event. As our trust has expanded over the last year, and taken on new facilities in Forest Heath, we thought it fitting to hold similar awards in this area, to recognise all those making a significant impact here, too.

“Sport is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding activities a person can take part in, from those who simply want to help improve their health and wellbeing, to those achieve sporting greatness.

“All of this all helps build our sense of community, a well as creating jobs, boosting our local economy and achieve national recognition. Those taking part in and those supporting sport, at any level, are to be applauded, and with these two awards ceremonies, this is what we aim to do.”

St Edmundsbury Sports Awards will be held at The Apex, on October 11, while Forest Heath Awards will be held on September 30 at Newmarket Leisure Centre.

On Tuesday, nomination launch events were held at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and Newmarket Leisure Centre. Nominations are being sought for each of the two Sports Award in 11 categories.

Abbeycroft Leisure chair of trustees Sarah Howard said: “It has been yet another fantastic year for local sport and with these awards, we will be celebrating and showcasing the sporting talents of individuals, clubs, and teams, as well as thanking all of the volunteers who help and support them.

“With more people than ever being able to take part in the two awards this year, it would be wonderful to see those nominations come pouring in for all of those contributing to, and making a real difference within vibrant sporting community, across West Suffolk.”

If you would like to discuss sponsoring an award this year contact gary.atyes@acleisure.com

n To nominate visit www.acleisure.com/nominate or pick up a nomination form from Haverhill or Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre for St Edmundsbury, or Newmarket, Mildenhall and Brandon Leisure Centre for Forest Heath.

The closing date for nominations is midnight on Sunday, August 7.