NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR SPORTS AWARDS 2019 17 September 2019 Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh has launched the nomination process for the 2019 Draynes Farm Sports Awards to recognise the wealth of sporting talent and achievements of individuals residing in, and teams based in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area. The Sports Awards scheme is an opportunity to recognise individuals as well as teams excelling within their chosen sport in the past year, whether through direct participation and competition, or through contributions as a coach or administrator. Nomination categories include; Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year, School of the Year, Junior Sports Personality of the Year and Senior Sports Personality of the Year. There are also Junior and Senior Merit Awards to commend volunteers for their dedication and essential backroom support to their club. Launching the 2019 Draynes Farm Sports Awards, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley said, “The Council has a proud history of sporting success and the Sports Awards provide an opportunity to publicly recognise the diverse range of sporting talent we have in Lisburn & Castlereagh. “There are many individuals, teams and volunteers across the Council area who spend many hours training each week in pursuit of excellence in their chosen sport or who have helped others reach their potential by providing valuable technical support and encouragement every step of the way. “The closing date for nominations is Monday 7th October at 5pm and I would encourage everyone to take the time to nominate an individual, club or school whose achievements might otherwise go unnoticed”, concluded Alderman Tinsley. Jimmy Walker, Chairman of Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh added, “I am delighted that Sport Lisburn & Castlereagh can work in partnership with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council to recognise athletes, teams and coaches at a glittering award ceremony which will take place later in the year. “I would like to thank Draynes Farm for kindly sponsoring the awards and I hope many clubs and individuals will be encouraged to take the time to make a nomination and celebrate the wealth of sporting talent in Lisburn & Castlereagh.” Nominations are welcome from schools, clubs and individuals, residing in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area. All nominations must be made in writing using the nomination form, which is available to download at www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/sports-development/sports-awards-2019. Forms can also be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 028 9250 9461. The closing date for applications is strictly Monday 7th October 2019 at 5pm.