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Press release: West Oxfordshire Sports Awards launched    ()

Time to shine in the sporting spotlight

A rallying call has been made to coaches, clubs and unsung heroes with the launch of the 2017 West Oxfordshire Sports Awards.
 
Run by the District Council, the awards are designed to recognise the contribution and commitment of individuals and achievement of clubs in West Oxfordshire.
 
Nominations are being taken in the categories of Sports Coach of the Year, Sports Club of the Year and Unsung Hero.
 
The Sports Awards are running in partnership with the GLL Sport Foundation, which gives talented local athletes the chance to apply for funding to help with costs such as training and is run by the Council’s leisure contractor, GLL Better.
 
Grants of £50 to £1,250 can be applied for by athletes participating at county level or above and successful applicants will also receive free access to Council-owned leisure facilities in the District to assist with training.
 
Last year, 48 individuals and organisations were honoured for their achievements from county to international level including England hockey player Lucy Millington.
 
Lucy said: “This award benefits me in a number of ways. Having a free gym membership is really helpful as I always struggled to pay for this. And as we do a lot of travelling to different countries, it helps pay for travel costs to and from England training camps and away matches.” Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health, said: “It is always great to see sporting success in West Oxfordshire and we are delighted to support individuals and clubs with the funding and recognition they deserve.
 
“We look forward to receiving nominations for the 2017 awards by February 20.”
 
Details of how to make a nomination for an award or apply for a grant are available on the Council’s website: www.westoxon.gov.uk/leisure or at www.gllsportfoundation.org/application-form. Alternatively, call01993 861080.
 
The deadline for all nominations and applications is Friday 20 February 2017.