Sporting volunteers to be honoured at Derby Telegraph Sports Awards

Submitted by bwhite on Mon, 07/29/2019 - 11:36

From ball boys and ball girls to marathon marshals, volunteers play a vital role in some of the world’s biggest sporting events. And, when it comes to regional sport the role of volunteers is equally as important.

Put simply many local sporting occasions would not happen without people giving up their time to support them. This year’s Derby Telegraph Sports Awards will celebrate the impact volunteers make with a dedicated award.

The ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award is one of 14 categories up for grabs at the ceremony and will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated an immense dedication to their sport.

This award will be sponsored by the charity Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People who provide vital care for young people who are suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

Much of Rainbows’ work would not be possible if it were not for the support of volunteers, making their sponsorship of this category extremely apt.

Andrew Ball is the Director of Supporter Relations at Rainbows and said: “This is the third year that we have sponsored a category at the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards and we’re delighted to do so.

“As a charity, we benefit from people doing sporting activities to raise money to fund our work – such as running the London Marathon or taking part in our golf day at Kedlestone.”

 “We also use sport as a way of maintaining the wellbeing of the children and young people that use the hospice.

“For example, our Hydrotherapy pool enables children with highly complex needs to go swimming, often for the first time in their lives. And our exercise bikes are a great way of helping young people to be more active and free from nasty things like chest infections.”    

Andrew went on to say why volunteers are so important to sport and the wider community.

“We’re looking to celebrate the essential role that volunteers play in others’ sporting success,” he said “At Rainbows, we rely heavily on volunteers so that we can provide the care, comfort and compassion to children, young people and families who use our services. It’s impossible to overstate the impact that people giving their time to help others has on our communities.”

The Derby Telegraph Sports Awards will take place at the Roundhouse on Wednesday 6 November bringing together the most talented members of the region’s sporting community.

Rainbows will also be the evening’s official charity partner with all funds raised at the ceremony going towards their vital work.

Nominations for the awards are now open and will close on Friday 30 August. To nominate visit the dedicated website

For more information on this year’s awards get in touch with Shannon Taylor at event organisers Champions (UK) plc. Call 08453 31 30 31 or email