Who will be 2018’s sport heroes

We have officially launched the 2018 North Ayrshire Community Sports Awards and we don’t want you to waste any time in getting your entries put forward.

The North Ayrshire Community Sports Awards recognises, celebrates and honours the extraordinary achievements of local people who use the power of sport to make a positive impact within their community. Since their inception in 2015, the awards have gained the respect and support of the sporting community and local community because of our thorough judging process and high calibre awards evening, celebrating the winners and nominees in a range of award categories.

Ayrshire College is again delighted to sponsor the North Ayrshire Community Sports Awards’, 2018 “Young Volunteer of the Year” category.  At Ayrshire College’s Skills Centre for Excellence in Irvine, over 200 students annually, studying Sports, Coaching and Fitness, are developing skills to promote and deliver active and healthy lifestyles.  These students are the heartbeat of community sport development throughout North Ayrshire. These awards are a wonderful way to recognise the talent that exists within our own community and as a college we feel very privileged to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work and effort that goes into sport within North Ayrshire.”

Ayrshire College, GSK and us here at Ayrshire Press want to hear from you today! Follow the simple steps below to make your nomination.

How to place a nomination:

It couldn’t be easier and will only take around 30minutes to complete.

Nominations are done through the event website at


Read though the award categories and criteria and submit your nominations. You can place more than one nomination within different award categories.

Nominations can be placed by the sports team themselves, members of the public, parents or supporters.

Previous winners include North Ayrshire Athletics Club, Jenn Clark and Largs Academy to name a few. These awards are open to everyone and we encourage you to shout about the great work taking place right here in North Ayrshire. Please note that any information provided as part of the nomination may be used within the Ayrshire Weekly Press and one of the editorial team could be in touch.

It’s FREE and a GREAT way to recognise those who are using the power of sport to better our community! Don’t delay nominate today!

There are ten categories and you have until Tuesday, September 11 to enter.

The prestigious awards dinner will take place on Thursday, October 25 and promises to be a night full of celebration and entertainment.

This year’s categories open for nominations are;

Community Coach of the Year – supported by GSK

Aimed at coaches who have supported the development of athletes or teams and have significantly increased the sporting opportunities available as well as participation levels within their community.

Young Coach of the Year

This award will recognise a coach aged 25 years or younger who has invested in their development and has made a significant impact on the people they coach.

Sports Ambassador of the Year

An individual who has made significant contributions to the sporting community during their lives, who has motivated and inspired others and encouraged peers to become more involved in sport.

Young Sports Ambassador of the Year

An inspirational young person / leader aged 25 years and under who has contributed through school, community or both to help develop sporting opportunities in North Ayrshire.

Volunteer of the Year

This award will be presented to a volunteer in a non-coaching role, aged 26 years or more who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of their School / Club / Community Sports Hub / Governing Body.

Young Volunteer of the Yearsupported by Ayrshire College

This award will be awarded to a volunteer in a non-coaching role, aged 25 years or under who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of their School / Club / Community Sports Hub / Governing Body.

Team of the Year

Recognising the high-quality achievements of a team over the last year. Nominations within this category are expected to reflect how a team have achieved excellent performance results, overcome barriers to achieve goals, successfully attracted investment/funding to enhance activities for residents, achieved a level of National Governing Body quality accreditation and/or expanded their sessions to support a wide range of participants.

School Sport Award

We want to award a school which has achieved excellence in PE and extra-curricular school sport over the past year, providing opportunities for all pupils to participate and enjoy a range of sports in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Partnership in Sport Award

Awarded to a North Ayrshire organisation, community group or project that has used sport to make a difference in communities and achieved positive outcomes. The partnership should have made a positive impact on raising the profile and increasing awareness of the physical and mental health benefits of an active lifestyle.

Power of Sport Award

This award recognises an individual whose life has significantly changed and improved through adopting a more active lifestyle. Being new to an active lifestyle in the past 12 months, the individual will be have made significant improvements to their life as a direct result of taking part in their chosen sport or activity/activities and may have also made a positive impact on the lives of others’ around them. Improvements can be in their physical health, mental wellbeing, personal improvement, social development or any combination.