The Millennium Stadium will host a special Gala night of sports awards as the City of Cardiff Council celebrates its year as the ‘European Capital of Sport’.
Some of the world’s greatest sportsmen and women, as well as some of the most iconic sporting teams, have performed at the Welsh capital’s many world-class facilities in 2014 and many of the city’s own sporting stars have brought medals and titles back to Cardiff.
Now the Cardiff ECOS steering committee, in partnership with Nation Radio, are asking the public to vote for their favourite sporting stars of 2014. The Cardiff ECOS Awards will be presented at the Millennium Stadium on Thursday, 16 October, and over the next few weeks the general public will get their chance to nominate candidates in a number of categories. After that, the Cardiff ECOS steering committee will draft short lists of nominees for you to vote on.
Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Councillor Peter Bradbury, said: “It has been another fantastic year for sport in Cardiff and the extra impetus provided by having the ‘European Capital of Sport’ title for 2014 has been very welcome. Now we want to celebrate all that has been good with our prestigious sports award evening.”
“This is the chance for everyone in Cardiff to take part and select their favourite sportsman or woman from the year. The awards span the whole range of sport in the capital city, honouring those schoolchildren who have taken part in the Cardiff Games right through to the Gareth Bales, Geraint Thomases, Natalie Powells and Elinor Barkers at the top of the professional sporting tree.”
“This year has already seen international rugby, football, netball, bowls and cricket take place in Cardiff, as well as three major European events – the Amlin Challenge Cup Final, the Heineken Cup Final and the Uefa Super Cup.”
“All these events have showcased the wonderful facilities we have in the city, while the Commonwealth Games showcased the range of sporting talent that is produced in Cardiff from our fantastic array of training centres.”
The full list of Awards is:
Junior Team of the Year
Open to junior teams under 19 years of age. This award is for a junior team that has achieved something really special this year. We are looking for teams who have had great success on the pitch or who have made a big impact to their community.
Senior Team of the Year
This award is for a senior team that has achieved something really special this year. We are looking for teams who have had great success on the pitch or who have made a big impact to their community.
Junior Sports Personality
This award is for a young sports person who has achieved a high level of success in their chosen sport this year, or who has gone that extra mile off the pitch achieving great things for their local community. Applicants must be under 19 years of age.
This award is for a sports person who has achieved a high level of success in their chosen sport this year, or who has gone that extra mile off the pitch achieving great things for their local community. Applicants must be 20 years of age or over.
Community Coach of the Year
This award is for a community, club or school based coach who has made a significant contribution to the development of sports participation in their chosen sport.
Disability Sport Coach of the Year
This award is for a community, club or school based coach who has made a significant contribution to the development of disability sports participation whether it be in an inclusive sport environment or disability specific.
Volunteer of the year
This award is for a volunteer who works tirelessly behind the scenes to do the jobs that no-one sees. This award is for an individual who goes the extra mile to make sure the club / sessions happen. Without this individual the club wouldn’t be where it is today.