Shropshire Energize Awards 2015 - meet the finalists

On Thursday, November 5, Shropshire's own community sport heroes will be honoured at the Energize Awards 2015, the ninth annual community sports awards for the county.

Shropshire Energize Awards 2015 - meet the finalists

This special event, backed by the Shropshire Star, will recognise and celebrate the volunteers, coaches, clubs and organisations for their contributions to sport and physical activity across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, as well as recognising some of our own rising sporting stars.

For so many, their sporting journey starts in school and the Energize Awards will also be recognising some of the fantastic local schools and the individuals within them who are providing excellent opportunities for their pupils to take part.

Click here to see today's Shropshire Star supplement announcing the list of finalists

Greenhous Meadow, home of Shrewsbury Town Football Club, is once again hosting the glittering awards ceremony which has a history of attracting top name sports speakers, including Sharron Davies, Peter Shilton, Graham Gooch and Tessa Sanderson.

This year is no different as rugby legend, former British and Irish Lion Neil Back MBE will be joining guests to share his story and hand out the trophies to this year's winners.

No doubt he will have some thoughts on the outcome of the Rugby World Cup to share too.

The awards are organised by local sports charity Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Energize is the local County Sports Partnership, one of 45 such partnerships in England, which deliver national sport, coaching and volunteering programmes in the county, tailoring them to the needs of local people. They believe that there is an activity out there for everyone, regardless of whether they see themselves as 'sporty' or not.

Energize chief executive Chris Child commented: "It is with great pleasure that we announce the short-listed nominees for this year's awards.

"These inspirational people, groups, projects and organisations do not seek praise and recognition for what they do.

"We rely on their friends, families and colleagues to nominate them for these awards.

Flashback: The night's winners at Energize Awards 2014 held at Shrewsbury Town Football Club

"We have some excellent finalists this year and I look forward to meeting them at the awards evening.

"Of course, we couldn't hold this event without our sponsors and supporters and we are thankful to them all for making it possible to give recognition to our fantastic nominees."

Look out for the Shropshire Star's report of the winners after the event in November.

More information about the Energize Awards can be found at www.energizeawards.co.uk

Tickets are on sale until October 22.

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