Inspirational sportsman to receive recognition at awards

Submitted by bwhite on Wed, 08/14/2019 - 11:02

One of the stand-out awards at the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards is the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award. Celebrating a sportsman who has made an outstanding contribution to the Derbyshire community, this award recognises someone that everyone in Derby can be proud of.

Last year this award was presented to table tennis star Liam Pitchford. The Chesterfield born player had a fantastic year in 2018 winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in the men’s doubles event. He also earned a bronze in the team event and the same year saw him achieve a bronze at the Table Tennis World Cup in London.

This coveted award is one of 14 up for grabs on the night and has been given the backing of Derby College Group. The Group provides unique learning experiences for thousands of students every year giving them the necessary skills to progress in the next step of their lives.

April Hayhurst is Deputy Principal at Derby College Group and she explained why they chose to come on board as category sponsors.

It is a huge honour to once again sponsor the ‘Sportsman of the Year Award’. As a Group focusing on further, higher and work-based learning, we highlight the success of our alumni as positive role models to today’s students” she said.

“This showcases how they have gone onto achieve great careers and make a positive difference in their workplace and in local communities. The winner of the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award will no doubt be another very positive role model and will set the bar for others, particularly young people, to aspire to.”


The awards will recognise individuals, teams and clubs of all ability and age during the ceremony, all with one thing in common. A proven track record of sporting success.


April outlined what are the main skills required to succeed in the sporting world.


“Hard work, listening to those with more experience and having the determination to succeed are key attributes within a sportsman - from grass roots to elite levels” said April.


“Indeed, these skills are vital in all aspects of life and that is why sport is particularly crucial to young people’s development to nurture the attitudes and behaviours that employers want.” 


As well as coming on board as a category sponsor Derby College’s Roundhouse venue will provide the backdrop of the night’s awards.


Nominations for this year’s awards are open and will close on Wednesday 6 November so be sure to get your nominations in by visiting the dedicated website


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

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