Nominations for the 2014 Get Inspired Unsung Hero award are now open. The award is a highlight of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which takes place this year on Sunday 14 December at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow.
Now in its 12th year, the award recognises those who have gone above and beyond in contributing to sport in their local community. They don’t have to play sport either – they could be the coach, volunteer, kit person, the cheer leader, the grounds man – they just have to be a person you think deserves praise for their efforts as part of your team or sporting activity.
There will be 15 regional winners of a Get Inspired Unsung Hero award from across the UK, with the overall winner announced and presented with their trophy live on stage at this year’s highly-anticipated BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The award is being supported by the BBC’s Get Inspired initiative; launched online following the 2012 Olympic Games the website works with sports bodies to encourage audiences to find out more about sports and activities participation or becoming a volunteer www.bbc.co.uk/getinspired.
The nomination period is open from Monday 8 September – Monday 20th October. Further information and nomination forms can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/unsunghero.
BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater said: “The Get Inspired Unsung Hero award is one of the highlights of BBC Sports Personality of the Year. It’s a great opportunity, particularly in such a busy sporting summer, to celebrate those who don’t make the headlines but whose contribution deserves to be recognised.
“BBC Sport’s initiative Get Inspired is a natural supporter of this award – an initiative which promotes sport and activities across the UK and how people can get involved. The website had over one million unique visitors in July and the ‘Things to Do’ page received more than 275,000 views during the Commonwealth Games alone. This is testament to the enthusiasm of our audience to seek out sporting opportunities on their doorstep.”