University of Derby show support for the region’s sporting teams

Submitted by bwhite on Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:24

From Derby County’s march to the 2019 Playoff final, to Derbyshire County Cricket Club battling it out in the County Championship, the region is home to a number of great sports teams. 

These teams have achieved plenty in the last year and the upcoming Derby Telegraph Sports Awards will recognise the region’s best sporting team.  

The event’s ‘Team of the Year’ award will be presented to a team who has demonstrated a superb sporting ability and embodied the true spirit of teamwork.  

One of 14 awards on offer on the night, this category has been backed by the University of Derby. Seeing thousands of students come through their doors each year, the university is also home to a number of sports teams who all know the value of team spirit. 

Dr Andy Hooton is the Head of Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science at the university and explained why they chose to throw their weight behind this particular category.  

“The University of Derby strives to ensure opportunity for all, which aligns with the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards providing recognition across professional and amateur sport for people of all abilities,” he said.   

“The University of Derby has strong regional partnerships, which support sporting success and enhances community engagement projects across Derbyshire.” 

People of all ages and ability will be recognised at the awards and once nominations have been closed a team of independent judges will be responsible for drawing up the list of finalists and eventual winner. 

Dr Andy Hooton explained what skills the winner of the ‘Team of the Year’ award will need to possess.  

“Success in sport is determined by the commitment and accomplishments of all involved,” he/she said. 

“A successful team is one that performs well and achieves success through a collaborative effort, which inspires its team members and has a positive impact on others.”  

This year’s Derby Telegraph Sports Awards takes place on Wednesday 6 November at the Derby College’s Roundhouse venue. And, not only do the awards offer the chance to recognise sporting success, but they also raise money for a deserving cause. 

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People support young people who are suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. And, all money raised at the awards will go to the hospice.  

Nominations for the awards closed on Friday 30 August. 

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

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