Get nominating in our annual Sports Awards

It’s time to turn the spotlight on sporting talent in the area as we launch the Ripley & Heanor News Sports Awards 2013.

This area is blessed with an abundance of talented amateur sportsmen, sportswomen and clubs, covering the whole spectrum of sports and games. So the time has come to celebrate the rich sporting tapestry of our thriving area, courtesy of the return of the Ripley & Heanor News Sports Awards.

The Sports Awards categories are:

l Best Sporting Male (18 and over)

l Best Sporting Female (18 and over)

l Young Sportsperson (for those under 18)

l Team Of The Year

l Coach Of The Year

l Unsung Hero - for those who help to make it happen

We’ve made it easy to nominate too. You can email us at, write to us at Sports Awards 2013, Ripley and Heanor News, 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8ER.

You can also drop off your nominations in person or give them to our reporters at our surgeries at Ripley Town Hall on Thursdays from 10am or drop them off at Salcare, Ray Street, Heanor, or Asda in Langley Mill on Fridays from 10am.

In addition, you can also call Steve Eyley, our sports reporter, on 0115 9446188 to make your nomination. Make sure you give us your nominees detail, contact address and phone numbers - and yours too.

The winner in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and the winners will receive their award in a ceremony to take place later this year.