Nominations are open for the annual sports awards that recognise and celebrate the unsung individuals, teams, coaches and volunteers making sport and activity happen in the UK.
With one month to go until the deadline closes, we’re inviting you to nominate the people that go the extra mile to help others, young or old, reach their goals.
Keeping sport alive
While we may often see our elite heroes like Mo Farah, Johanna Konta or Chris Froome on TV and podiums, we hear much less about the people behind the scenes keeping grassroots sport alive week in, week out.
They might run a netball team, help kids fall in love with mountain-biking or use dance to get disabled children active.
It could be a selfless volunteer who has given up their time to coach youngsters for years, or someone who washes kits to make sure players look their best each week.
The annual Daily Mirror Pride of Sport Awards, now in their fourth year, are our chance to celebrate what they do and give them the recognition they deserve.
Making it easier to take part
Our chief executive, Jennie Price, says: “When you’re starting an activity for the first time, it can be daunting.
“What makes a difference is the people who help us along the way. The ones who offer a smile of encouragement for our first time nerves, make us laugh when we miss a catch, and make it easier for us to take part.”
When you’re starting an activity for the first time, it can be daunting. What makes a difference is the people who help us along the way
Jennie Price, chief executive, Sport England
Previous award winners include Flamingo Chicks, a project that uses dance to break down barriers to get disabled children active, and Pilgrim Flyers, who took home the Grassroots Team of the Year gong at last year’s ceremony.
Investing in grassroots
We invest over £200 million of National Lottery money each year into community-based projects – and are proud to support this year's awards.
Our job is to help more people in England be active – no matter their age, background or ability. We want everyone to feel able to take part in sport and physical activity and experience not just the physical benefits it brings, but also the positive impact it has on our mental wellbeing.
Jennie Price adds: “If you know someone in your community who helps people do sport, please take the time to nominate them for an award.
“The ball’s in your court now.”