The 2018 West Suffolk Sports Awards will be held at Tattersalls in Newmarket, it has been announced.

Tattersalls, the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world and the largest in Europe, offering 10,000 thoroughbred horses each year, will provide the perfect backdrop on 27th September for the glittering celebration of West Suffolk’s truly great sporting community including sports men and women, volunteers, coaches, mums and dads, teachers and clubs.

Nominations for the awards, which are delivered by Abbeycroft Leisure on behalf of St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils, are now open online with twelve categories available including Sports Personality, Unsung Hero, Club of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and School of the Year award.

Abbeycroft Leisure’s chief executive officer Warren Smyth, said “After the success of last year’s awards, held in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, we wanted another unique venue in which to showcase West Suffolk’s sporting talent, and so we’re thrilled to be partnering with Tattersalls this year.”

Tess Youngs, event Manager at Tattersalls said “Tattersalls is delighted to host the Sports Awards to recognise the great achievements of local individuals and groups.  West Suffolk has great sporting communities, and all will be welcomed to the unique Sale Ring at Tattersalls Newmarket to celebrate a successful year.”

Abbeycroft Leisure also announced Greene King, as headline sponsor again this year, and will be working with local companies to sponsor individual awards.

Joe Parks, Free Trade Director, Greene King said “As a Bury St Edmunds-based brewer and supporter of sport at every level, it was a natural choice for us to once again back our local sports awards. These awards recognise the outstanding achievements of new and established talent in our community and we wish everyone the best of luck as the nominations open. The ceremony itself will be a fantastic occasion, with beers fresh from our Westgate brewery available to guests, and an evening that really celebrates the best of West Suffolk.”

Cllr Andy Drummond and Cllr Joanna Rayner, Cabinet members for Leisure and Culture respectively at Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council said, “As councils, we invest in leisure amenities and sporting facilities and work with our partners to develop opportunities for everyone wanting to do more physical activity. With the media increasingly highlighting the benefits of being more active, and the risks of ignoring our health, we hope the stories told through these awards provide the inspiration for taking advantage of these facilities, support and motivation.”

To nominate someone for an award, visit www.acleisure.com/nominate or to sponsor an award please contact gary.atyes@acleisure.com.

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