A man recognised for more than two decades of commitment to a local rugby club has urged others to nominate their unsung heroes for this year’s Malvern Hills District Council Community Sports Awards.

Dave ‘Ern’ Robins was presented with the Unsung Hero Award at last year’s event for his work with Malvern RFC. Nominations have now opened for the 2018 awards, which will be hosted on 13 July at the Bank House hotel.

And Mr Robins is urging residents to put forward the coaches, clubs, volunteers and sporting stars making a difference in the district.

Mr Robins said: “I was very proud to have won my award, and I’m hugely grateful to Malvern RFC. I think it’s very important people nominate others because it allows them to make a statement in respect of the good that they are doing for their community.”

People can nominate in 13 award categories including Positive Change of the Year and Sports School of the Year.

Malvern Hills District Council is organising the event in association with Freedom Leisure, who are headline sponsoring the awards for the second consecutive year.

Over 200 guests will be invited to the ceremony, including nominees, their families, local sport and leisure clubs, local businesses and dignitaries.

The ceremony will be hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester presenter Andrew Easton.

Cllr David Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Healthier Communities on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to recognise people like Dave. There are many more like him across the district who deserve a thank you for the way they enable people to enjoy sport and the positive benefits of being active. We can only recognise them though if you tell us who they are, so please get nominating.”

To nominate visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/sports-awards for more information.

Alternatively, if you are a company or organisation who would like to get involved, there are opportunities to sponsor an award. Sponsoring an award has extra benefits. For more information email sophie.jackson@malvernhills.gov.uk

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