Bedford Sports Awards return to celebrate local sporting heroes

Bedford Sports Awards
The 2018 Bedford Sports Awards winners

Nominations in a number of categories are now open as the Bedford Sports Awards return to celebrate the town’s sporting successes, clubs and volunteers.

This year’s event will be held virtually on Friday 17th December, but its return has been welcomed by Bedford Borough Council.

“These awards recognise and celebrate the contribution of individuals, clubs and coaches to sports and physical activity locally.”

“Physical movement, the camaraderie of team sports and the community has been key to so many people in keeping themselves fit, healthy and mentally well during the last 18 months.”

The Bedford Sports Awards last made an appearance in December 2019, when a vast array of Bedford’s sports stars and clubs were in attendance at the Bedford Corn Exchange.

39 different sports from across the Borough were represented at the event in a celebratory evening, with twelve awards on offer.

This time around there is an added focus on disability sport and school activities, with the main awards of the night continuing to be the Adult and Junior Personalities of the Year.

The portfolio holder for Leisure, Cllr Doug McMurdo added, “It is always so inspiring to hear the amazing stories of sporting prowess, community spirit and the incredible hard work of individuals across our local sporting landscape.”

“The Sports and Physical Activity Awards are a great opportunity to give your club, coach, school, team, volunteer or local sporting inspiration some recognition and thank them for all that they do.”

There are thirteen awards on offer for the 2021 edition:

  • Adult Personality of the Year
  • Junior Personality of the Year
  • Adult Disability Sports Personality of the Year
  • Junior Disability Sports Personality of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Community Club / Group of the Year
  • Primary School of the Year
  • Secondary School of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Unsung Hero
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Service to Sport

You can find out more about the categories and enter a nomination at

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 6th December with the winners revealed in a special online event on Friday 17th December.

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