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Nominations for the TSB Community Partner Award – part of the Daily Mirror Pride of Sport Awards – are now open

By TSB reporter
Two children from Flamingo Chicks, smile at the camera with a TSB flower wall in the background

We’re looking for an individual or group of people who make sport accessible to all or improve the lives of those around them through sport

Nominations are now open for the 2017 TSB Community Partner Award – part of the Daily Mirror Pride of Sport Awards.

This prize is for an individual or a group of people who have worked together in partnership as a force for good in their local community, improving the lives of people around them through sport.

The Pride of Sport ceremony, which takes place in November, honours those who give their all to contribute to sport at a local or national level. A special judging panel, including sports personalities, will decide the winners.

Former judges, such as double gold-winning Olympian swimmer Rebecca Adlington and rugby superstar Martin Offiah, have pointed out that what happens behind the scenes of sporting achievement is just as important as what happens in the arena or on the pitch. Without excellent teamwork we might never witness those moments of international glory that are etched in our minds.

Last year’s thoroughly deserved TSB Community Partner winners were the fabulous Bristol-based Flamingo Chicks, an inclusive dance group who show that dance can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone.

Katherine Sparkes came up with the idea of a one-off workshop in 2013 after being struck by the lack of dance classes for children with special needs. Everyone loved it. Some children had disabilities, some didn’t, and the idea grew and grew. Now Flamingo Chicks runs dance classes in six UK cities, from Bristol to Bradford.

“Our vision is a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities; where everyone works together as equals,” says Katherine.

Do you know someone who goes the extra mile and could be this year’s TSB Community Partner Award winner?

Other categories at the Daily Mirror Pride of Sport Awards include Coach of the Year, Disabled Sports Person, Young Achiever, Sporting Fundraiser and Team of the Year.

Sport is about much more than winning and losing. “Being a good sportsperson doesn’t mean being number one,” says the CEO of TSB, Paul Pester. “It means living and breathing the values of resilience, fair play and working together in partnership.

“The nominees at any Pride of Sport Awards embody these values to the core, alongside their physical skill and mental dedication. They are our country’s unsung sporting heroes, and TSB is proud to partner with the Pride of Sport Awards to celebrate them.”

The awards will take place in London on 23 November and you can nominate your hero here.