Newark and Sherwood Community and Sports Awards 2024 – Nominations open!

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2024

Nominations for this year’s Newark and Sherwood Community and Sports Awards are open until 6 July 2024, so make sure to get yours in!

Newark and Sherwood District Council in partnership with Radio Newark is looking for incredible individuals, teams or groups who go above and beyond to support our community or champion the growth of sports.  You can nominate a friend, family member, team, individual, teacher, an employee at your favourite store, in fact anyone who shines in your eyes for one of the awards.

Once you have chosen your amazing person, business, team or group for an award, simply fill in the form and it’ll go to the nomination panel to choose a winner. To make your nomination, please fill out the application form via the Newark and Sherwood District Council website at

There are 13 award categories, and you can nominate a person or team for more than one award.  The categories are:

Business Commitment to the Community (Sponsored by Newark College)
Your chance to recognise a local business that’s made a significant impact in the community, or which has exceeded expectations.

Young Person of the Year, up to age 17 (Sponsored by Murphy)
This award is about acknowledging the fantastic efforts and achievements made by our inspiring young people.

Citizen of the Year (Sponsored by Ann et Vin)
Do you know a kind-hearted individual who goes the extra mile to help others in times of need to crisis?  If so, this is the award for your nomination!

Community Champion of the Year (Sponsored by Harworth Group)
There are always individuals that go the distance in trying to make their community a much better place and that’s what this award is all about.  Nominate today!

Community Group of the Year (Sponsored by Bakkavor)
If you know a group who has used their time, actions, talent and dedication to make a contribution to the Community, get nominating!

Education Provider of the Year (Sponsored by Elements Green)
Individuals who demonstrate outstanding educational success or support within a learning environment, such as a caretaker, after-school supervisor or a teacher can be nominated for this award!

Courage and Bravery (Sponsored by Renaissance at Kelham Hall)
Nominate those individuals who do something amazing when it comes to showing great strength in exceptional, frightening or desperate circumstances.

Emergency Services and Armed Forces Award (Sponsored by Motorfinity)
Whether a permanent worker or a volunteer, if you know someone who works on the front line, get nominating!

Creating Change for Sport and Physical Activity Award (Sponsored by Active4Today)
This award recognises those who have gone above and beyond to help create vibrant, self-sufficient, physically active local communities, groups or teams in Newark and Sherwood.

Sports Team of the Year (Sponsored by Smiths Timber)
If you know a team who have achieved significant change in local sport or physical activity or who are an asset to their community, get voting!

Sports Individual of the Year
This award recognises individuals that have demonstrated their ambition and focus on achieving the very best in sport.

Lifetime Commitment Award (Sponsored by Radio Newark)
Do you know an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Newark and Sherwood? If so, then please nominate them for this special award.

Irena Sendler Humanitarian Award (Sponsored by Polish Cultural Institute)
Do you know someone who puts others first and goes above and beyond to support their community?  Find out more about this exceptional award online and make your nomination.

This year’s awards take place on Friday 20 September at The Renaissance at Kelham Hall in Newark. Last year, twelve worthy winners were awarded for their work in the community and sports with 300 guests in attendance. This is the second year that the awards have included Sherwood and the District Council has worked closely with Active4Today to incorporate more sport categories.

Suzanne Shead, Director of Housing Health and Wellbeing at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Our district is full of amazing individuals who do great things in our communities. Whether it be helping neighbours in an emergency, working as backroom staff for a sports club or inspiring others to contribute to the area, there’s so much to celebrate.

“Often these individuals do not get the recognition they deserve so this award ceremony is the perfect opportunity to say thank you to those that deserve it the most.

“The application process is simple, and I really want to encourage as many residents as possible to make a nomination. So, get online, read more about the award categories and complete the nomination form before the deadline!

“I’d also like to thank all our award sponsors and partners who make this award ceremony possible.  It is so important to recognise the incredible individuals and groups we have in our district so thank you to those who are bringing this to fruition.”             

The Renaissance at Kelham Hall will host the awards and it is a gold sponsor. Alex Hopkin, Meetings and Events Sales Manager at The Renaissance at Kelham Hall, said: “We’re thrilled to be hosting the Community and Sports Awards once again and we’re excited to hear about all the amazing stories from our community. The Renaissance at Kelham Hall is the perfect venue to celebrate the district’s greatest accomplishments and this year, we’re also sponsoring the Courage and Bravery Award.

“We’re looking for those people who do something exceptional and exemplary when it comes to showing great heroics in difficult times.”

Active4Today, a gold award sponsor, sponsoring the Creating Change for Sport and Physical Activity Award are keen to ensure our incredible sports stars shine. Andy Carolan, Managing Director of Active4Today, said: “In Newark and Sherwood, we’re lucky to have so many residents who go out of their way to support their community and we have lots of sporting stars who make us proud.

“At Active4Today we support a wide range of sporting clubs to get much needed funding and to improve the facilities in the area to provide more opportunities for people to be active. We’re a proud sporting district and these awards celebrate some of the great sporting accomplishments from the past year.”

To find out more, go to the Newark and Sherwood District Council website at: