The nomination process for the Birmingham Sports Awards is now in full swing and we are delighted with both the volume of entries we are receiving and the sheer breadth of the talent they cover.
Award ceremonies such as these are heavily reliant on the public’s involvement and we are extremely pleased to say that the great West Midlands public are delivering in spades.
That said, we still want to hear more from you about who has impressed you over the course of the last twelve months, so get in touch and tell us all about those teams, individuals and coaches.
If there is anyone you feel has made an outstanding contribution you have until 1st your say by visiting www.birminghamsportsawards.co.uk and filling out the nomination form.
The Birmingham Sports Awards take place at Aston Villa Football Club on 18th are a great opportunity for us to celebrate many of the fantastic achievements witnessed in the West Midlands sporting community.
There are 13 different awards up for grabs, covering both the amateur world and the professionals, plus there will be awards that recognise the endeavours of local, young and up and coming starlets.
Aston Villa Football Club are not only hosting the event but they have also chosen to show their support by sponsoring this year’s Junior Sportsperson of the Year Award. We spoke to the Club’s
Head of Sponsorship and Hospitality, Alison Plant, to find out a little more about the reasons for their involvement.
“We were delighted to be involved in the 2014 Birmingham Sports Awards and recognise its importance in the City. As a club, we nurture young sporting talent through our own Academy and we are proud to be involved in an event which recognises the dedication and commitment of young people. Their tireless application is something we feel should be rewarded.”
“As a Club we see the commitment and dedication that our own young Academy footballers undertake to excel at their sport. Commitment to a sport, whatever it may be, can bring focus and a will to succeed not only in the young person’s chosen sport but throughout their tentative years and into their adult lives.”
Aston Villa’s Academy is positive proof that the eyes of the club are very much on the future and Alison sees the awards as having a similar, forward-looking focus.
She continued, “By highlighting the efforts of the young sporting talent within the West Midlands, events such as the Birmingham
Sports Awards can only support our endeavours as a sporting city – creating a legacy for generations to come.”
“We have seen for ourselves that young people can develop and inspire themselves and others, either through sport, local projects or business initiatives.
"This has been demonstrated by the young adults who support our own allotment initiative ‘Roots and Renewal’, their dedication to supporting the project has seen them grow as individuals and given them confidence. As a result, many have gone onto further education or part-time work within AVFC.”
We asked Alison whether she thought there were any parallels between sporting endeavours and the world of business and she was quick to point to similarities, saying
“The parallels for us are obvious to see. Both sporting and business endeavours require commitment, dedication and a desire to succeed. Both also require focus and a clear vision for the future.”