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The Believe Sports Awards are back for 2024

Following the amazing success of last year’s ceremony, we’ll be returning to The Edge, Wigan for another night of celebration on Saturday 5th October.

Organised and hosted by Wigan Council’s Be Well leisure and wellbeing services, the Believe Sports Awards sponsored by JJH Building Contractors Ltd (external link) are all about recognising and rewarding the rising stars, high achievers and unsung heroes of our local community sports scene.

Make a nomination

We want you to join us in celebrating the achievements of local athletes and the work volunteers do to support grassroots sports and community initiatives.

Get involved by nominating your sporting hero! Perhaps it’s an inspiring club secretary, club official or volunteer? Maybe it’s someone who’s improved their quality of life through sport, or an outstanding team / club that have shown true commitment or worked to champion and empower others? 

Take a look at the eight award categories below and get nominating!

Closing date for nominations is midnight Wednesday 31st July 2024.

All nominations will be reviewed by an independent judging panel representing sport across Wigan Borough.

Award Categories

Changing Lifestyle Award

Recognising the efforts of an individual who has used sport or physical activity to transform their lifestyle for the better. 

Sponsored by Technogym (external link)

Club of the Year Award

Recognising the achievements of a club and proving ongoing commitment through opportunities they have provided over the last 12 months.

Sponsored by Cornerstone DM (external link)

Inclusion in Sport Award

Recognising a project or organisation which has tackled inequalities through sport and physical activity, removing barriers and improving participant’s experiences. It will have championed, inspired or empowered under-represented groups, resulting in sustained or increased engagement over the past 12 months. 

Overcoming adversity through sport

Recognising an individual who has shown drive and determination not to give up, who has overcome obstacles or personal difficulties to achieve their specific goal, or who has shown dedication in their sport.

Sponsored by Leigh Leopards (external link)

Team of the Year Award

Recognising the achievements of a club or school team who have achieved success, competed at a consistently high level and demonstrated a dedication to training, while also showing a commitment to fair play and a good sporting attitude throughout the year.

Sponsored by Wigan & Leigh College (external link)

Unsung Hero in Sport Award

Recognising long-term outstanding service to sport from an individual. Nominee must have been volunteering for at least 10 years. 

Sponsored by Agilisys (external link).

Volunteer of the Year Award

Recognising the efforts of a volunteer who is seen as invaluable within their club or local community, demonstrating their passion and commitment for volunteering. 

Sponsored by  Wigan Athletic Community Trust (external link) and Wigan Warriors Community Foundation (external link)

Young Sports Achiever of the Year Award

 A young athlete who is excelling and is demonstrating dedication to training. Nominees should be a resident of the local area and be under 24. They cannot be professionally funded through either an NGB or UK Sport.

Nominations timeline

Nominations open in May and the closing date for nominations is midnight the 31st July. 

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