Caption: A host of Leeds's Commonwealth Games stars launch the Leeds Sports Awards alongside Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor David Congreve and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, the council's executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills.
The city’s glamorous and glitzy sports awards will return to The New Dock Hall at the Royal Armouries on Thursday, March 5, 2015 to celebrate the achievements of Leeds’s most inspirational sporting stars.
Sport Leeds are also delighted to announce Asda as 2015 title sponsor of the Leeds Sports Awards.
The retailer was recently voted Community Retailer of the Year for the second year running and is an active supporter of sport and volunteering across the local communities to which they serve.
Asda contributes greatly to their local communities with every single Asda Store and Depot appointing a community life colleague with dedicated time and hours to support local good causes through either fundraising or volunteering through the retailers Community Life Programme.
To welcome Asda on board the event will see the introduction of Asda’s very own ‘Sporting Hero Award’. This award will be presented to an individual within the local community who is widely recognised for their outstanding sporting contribution to the local community, whether it be through volunteering, coaching or tireless work behind the scenes.
Richard Mason, Head of Asda in the Community said “We’re proud to sponsor the Leeds Sports Awards, recognising the fantastic achievements of sporting heroes across the city. I’m especially looking forward to celebrating the real unsung heroes of our local communities who spend their time volunteering day in day out and awarding the Asda Sporting Hero Award.”
2014 is oozing with incredible sporting achievements and unforgettable moments and the awards are an ideal opportunity for Leeds to celebrate the world class sporting talent of 2014.
Last year’s event saw a record number of over 550 attendees and it is hoped that following the excitement and success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to see a further rise in attendance figures.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills and member of the Sport Leeds Board said:
“The Leeds Sports Awards are major highlight in the city’s sporting calendar and a chance to recognise the fantastic achievements of local athletes of all ages and abilities.
“It’s also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many unsung sporting heroes who work so hard behind the scenes to make sure Leeds is a city where sporting excellence can flourish.
“This has been an incredible year for sport in Leeds and one which has really seen the city come into its own both locally and on the world stage.
"I’m really looking forward to helping to give those who have made that possible the recognition that they so thoroughly deserve.”
Members of the public will have their chance to help us find and celebrate all those inspirational and talented sports stars when nominations open in the coming weeks. Keep up to date at www.leedssportsawards.co.uk
If you’d enjoy the opportunity to come and salute the city’s sparkling talent at this year’s Awards Dinner or are interested in sponsoring the event email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.leedssportsawards.co.uk for tickets.
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QUOTES/TWEETS FROM LAST YEAR
“Top evening at the @LeedsSport awards. Proud to be from such a great city.”
“Can’t believe I won disabled sportsperson of the year @LeedsSport would like to thank everyone for their support :D”
“Hugely proud of John Ahm and his outstanding service award @LeedsSport thoroughly deserved for a lifetime commitment to sport in the city.”
Ian Kirke – Leeds Rhinos
“You see the awards such as the community based one and the disability awards and you just get inspired by people.”
Danny Reuben – YCCC
“The event was top notch. From everyone at YCCC, congratulations on an inspiring night.”
Cyril Villiers MBE
“I was honoured to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and particularly to share the occasion with Bernard Atha.”
Sport Leeds strives to make Leeds the most active big city by creating an environment in Leeds where sport and active recreation are enjoyed by as many people as possible, and to give our city healthier budgets, healthier people and healthier futures. Leeds has a fantastic track record of sporting achievement, with contributions from not just athletes, but thousands of people from all ages and backgrounds.
To find out more about the work Sport Leeds carries out, visit www.sportleeds.co.uk.
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