From Villa Park to Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham is home to some of the greatest sporting venues in the country.
The city’s sporting prowess is only set to rise with Birmingham recently selected as the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games .
A celebration of the sporting community of Birmingham, the annual Birmingham Sports Awards are returning this autumn.
The event will take place at the home of one the city’s most famous sports grounds, Edgbaston Cricket Ground which hosts cricket matches for both Warwickshire and the England cricket team.
Taking place on October 10, the event offers the opportunity to reward sportspeople for their incredible contribution to their sport.
The awards provide the opportunity for professionals, amateurs and people of all ages to walk away with one of the 13 coveted awards up for grabs.
This year’s awards has seen support from a whole host of successful businesses who have decided to come on board as sponsors this year, including; Liberty Industries Group, Birmingham City University , Tigers, Thomas International, KEP Print Group, PMGC Technology Group, Edgbaston Cricket Club, Virgin care, 8 Outdoor Media, Arc Building Consultancy, and Inspirational Magazine.
Last year’s event was a huge success and saw a whole host of famous faces from the world of sport join in the celebration.
This included renowned tennis star, Anne Jones CBE, who walked away with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
A two-time French Open winner and a former Wimbledon champion, Anne is one of Birmingham’s most successful ever sports personalities and a deserving winner on the night. The prestigious Professional Sportsman of the Year award went the way of Daniel Talbot.
The British sprinter who was crowned world champion in the 4x100m relay last year certainly made an impact on the category judges overcoming cricketer Moeen Ali and boxer Khalid Yafai to win the award.
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The Professional Sportswoman of the Year award was also tightly contested but was clinched by wheelchair tennis player, Jordanne Whiley MBE.
The star had a fantastic year in 2017, winning the Wimbledon wheelchair tennis doubles event.
This success saw her overcome fellow finalists, female footballer Ellen White and judo player Lubjana Piovesana.
As well as players, coaches are also rewarded with the Manager/Coach of the Year award – 2017 saw this prize go the way of athletics coach, Tony Hadley.
This year’s Birmingham Sports Awards will be hosted by badminton legend and Olympic silver medallist, Gail Emms MBE, with nominations now open!
For information on how to nominate for this year’s awards get in touch with Vikky Perry at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call them on 08453 31 30 31 or email [email protected]
Last year’s Professional Sportsman of the Year winner was Daniel Talbot, a hugely talented 100 and 200 metre sprinter who has represented Great Britain on numerous occasions, including at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He has two golds, two bronzes and three silver medals to his name, having competed in numerous European Championships and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
His most recent gold came last year when he represented the country at the IAAF World Championships where he gained a British and European record time of 37.47 running the third leg of the 4 x 100m relay.
Also nominated were professional boxer Khalid Yafai and England cricketer Moeen Ali.
University is supporting city’s thriving sporting community
Birmingham has a thriving sporting community and the announcement that the city will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games was well received by everyone involved in the local area. Birmingham City University were particularly delighted by the news and are set to receive a range of benefits from the occasion.
The university has a large focus on sport and has recently invested £41 million in state-of-the-art sport science facilities.
They have also now come on board as category sponsors at this year’s Birmingham Sports Awards, sponsoring the Professional Sportsman of the Year award.
This award is presented to an athlete who has had a fantastic year, in their respective sport.
Mark Jeffreys is the Director of Sport and Physical Activity at Birmingham City University and he explained why they chose to come on board with this particular category.
He said: “We have developed a number of partnerships with professional sports clubs within the area and so to sponsor the Professional Sportsman of the Year award just works really well for us.”
Sponsoring the Birmingham Sports Awards is not the only way in which the university supports the sporting community.
Mark highlighted how else they contribute: “As so many of our students and staff are from Birmingham, they contribute to the city’s sporting community in a number of ways.
“Students from BCU, as well as representing the university itself, are players/athletes within many local sports teams and clubs.
“A large number of staff are members of a wide range of sports organisations and again contribute as athletes, coaches, officials and organisers.
“Many students also find employment within the sport and leisure industry so BCU is able to contribute to the community in a number of ways.”
A whole host of businesses will be acting as category sponsors at this year’s awards, and it will be their job to decide on the shortlisted finalists, and the eventual winner.
Mark explained what benefits sponsoring the awards brings: “Sport has the ability to benefit students in so many different ways, whether it is taking part and becoming more physically active or being involved in the business of sport.
“Being associated with the awards helps to develop our profile as a sporting university and helps develop the partnership working that is so important to a university like ours.”
Sporting events, such as the Commonwealth Games, taking place in the city have the ability to give the sporting community a significant boost.
Mark spoke about why this is: “There is so much great sport that goes on across Birmingham from grassroots sport all the way through to some of the highest profile events in the country, which is just fantastic to see, and these awards celebrate that breadth and depth of sporting opportunity.”
* KEP Print Group is honoured to once again support the sporting stars of Birmingham and looks forward to celebrating their achievements. KEP has sponsored numerous sportspersons over their 39 years in business, promoting the ideals that sports teach – teamwork, dedication, flexibility, and loyalty.
KEP is an award-winning full-service commercial and point-of-sale print company, based in the heart of the Midlands and serving some of the nation’s largest high street brands.
We are thrilled to be a part of celebrating those who are positively contributing to the greater Birmingham community.
Nicole Plowman, Director of Marketing and Strategy, KEP Print Group
Source : BirminghamMail