Nominate your sporting stars for awards night

The cream of the area’s sporting crop will be honoured for their dedication and success at an annual prize-giving ceremony.

Alnwick and District Sports Council is holding its awards night at Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday, February 26.

The free event starts at 7pm and the guest of honour is former basketball star Andrew Bridge, who retired earlier this year.

A Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentor, he is the most successful player in the history of the British Basketball League.

The 6ft 4in shooting guard was part of the England team that grabbed bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He played for Newcastle Eagles and Sheffield Sharks, winning an array of Championship trophies in the process.

The awards ceremony is a celebration of sporting excellence and commitment.

To ensure that the standard is kept as high as possible, the Gazette has once again teamed up with the Sports Council to encourage people to nominate their stars.

Categories are senior male and female, senior achievement, senior and junior teams, most improved sportsperson, volunteer of the year, service to sport, coach of the year and club of the year.

There are also junior (18 and under on January 1, 2014) male, female and achievement categories.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, February 11.

They should be sent to Paul Kiddell, secretary, Alnwick and District Sports Council, c/o Alnwick Sports Development, Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick, NE66 2JH.

Or email paul.kiddell@northcountryleisure.org.uk or call 01665 511494.

To download a nomination form, visit tinyurl.com/puvecgk

The final prize during the ceremony is the coveted Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year trophy and a star-studded shortlist will be announced in the paper soon to start the public vote.