Birmingham City Council- Volunteer of the Year - Volunteer of the Year

Birmingham City Council is very proud to be the sponsor of Volunteer of the Year Award for the Birmingham Sports Awards 2017.
We have a fantastic base of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who continue to provide an exceptional amount of support across our parks, community sport and events throughout the year. Without these committed and loyal volunteers the majority of formal and informal sport, activities and events would simply not take place.
As a city we would like to personally express our gratitude to these volunteers by officially sponsoring this award.

- Steve Hollingworth, Service Director, Sport, Events, Open Space and Wellbeing

Birmingham City University - Professional Sportsman of the Year

It is a very exciting time for sport at Birmingham City University. As well as brand new sports courses housed in a new £41 million building with state of the art sport science facilities, a new Sport and Physical Activity Team has been engaged to get more students at BCU active and increase performance levels in a range of sports. The team also have the skills to support elite performers in meeting both Birmingham and the UK’s ambitions for sporting success. We are proud to sponsor the Professional Sportsman of the Year award.

- Mark Jeffreys, Director of Sport and Physical Activity, Birmingham City University

Decathlon Wednesbury - Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Decathlon offers a wide range of sports goods for over 70 sports. We pride ourselves on designing quality, innovative products that allow us to make sport accessible to all. We recruit passionate sports people from a variety of different sports to share their knowledge with customers whether they already participate in the sport regularly or they are looking to try a new sport for the first time. Decathlon is expanding quickly in the UK with over 10 stores opened in the last 4 years and ambitious plans to continue this in the future.

- Nicola Edwards, Store Manager

Edgbaston Cricket Club - Community Award

The eyes of the sporting world will be on Birmingham this summer as we at Edgbaston host one of our biggest ever programme of Major Match cricket.
This starts with five matches in the ICC Champions Trophy from 2 June and includes headline fixtures of India v Pakistan, England v Australia, and a semi-final. We also have the prestige of hosting England’s first ever Day/Night Investec Test match from 17 August and NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day on 2 September.
We’re thrilled to celebrate such an exciting year by renewing our partnership as a Birmingham Sports Awards Partner. We look forward to recognising the many great sporting achievements of our city’s sports men and women this autumn.

- Neil Snowball, Chief Executive

Inspirational Magazine

Inspirational Magazine is delighted to be involved with the Birmingham Sports Awards. We are dedicated to finding the very best that the West Midlands has to offer and these awards are another perfect opportunity to do so. The region is so diverse and there are so many examples of true sporting excellence, both professional and amateur, that we see it time and again in teams, individuals and, of course, in all those people who work so hard behind the scenes.

Our sponsorship of the Amateur Sportswoman of the Year Award is driven by our desire to recognise the success of those in the West Midlands who compete solely for the love of their chosen sport. Often that is reward enough for amateur sportspeople but we think it important that we do our bit to support their efforts and celebrate their achievements.

- Sophia Hayes, Sales Director

Jewson - Professional Young Sportsperson of the Year

Sport Birmingham - Club of the Year

Sport Birmingham is the leading sports charity in the city committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to access and enjoy an active lifestyle in order to lead longer, healthier and happier lives.
We are committed to providing the resources, tools, advice and expertise to help local grassroots organisations and individuals to offer a safe, fun, inclusive and high quality sporting experience for all. Sport Birmingham is very proud to be the Headline Partner of the Birmingham Sports Awards again this year and we look forward to celebrating some of the fantastic achievements in 2017.

Sport Birmingham, Mike Chamberlain, CEO

- Mike Chamberlain, CEO

Western Power Distribution - Junior Team of the Year

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is the electricity distribution network operator for Birmingham as well as the rest of the Midlands, South West England and South Wales. We ensure that our electricity network of pylons, cables, wires and substations deliver a safe and reliable electricity supply to over 7.8 million customers.

Customers are at the heart of everything we do, because distributing power to homes and businesses affects all our lives. Our philosophy is to treat customers how we wish to be treated.

For power cuts or power cut enquiries, please call 0800 6783 105, tweet @wpduk or visit

- Kester Jones, Birmingham Distribution Manager

Champions UK

Champions (UK) plc is an award winning brand agency based in the East Midlands with five in-house departments - Creative, Marketing, PR, Events and Celebrity - giving clients everything they need under one roof.

We are extremely humbled to be taken on board as the event organisers for the Birmingham Sports Awards once again. The team here always work tirelessly to create an evening that guests, sponsors, finalists and winners will remember long into the future.

Over the years it has truly been a pleasure watching these awards grow in prestige with fantastic sporting achievements being given the recognition that they deserve.

This year the awards ceremony will be bigger and better than ever. We look forward to seeing you all there!

- Matthew Hayes, Managing Director

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