When you think of sport in Nottingham there are a number of sporting greats that spring to mind. Think boxer Carl Froch MBE, Olympic ice skating legends Torvill and Dean or any member of Nottingham Forest’s historic European Cup winning teams from 1979 and 1980.
And, this year’s Nottingham Post Sports Awards will honour yet another individual who has dedicated their life to excelling in sport in Nottinghamshire.
Taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre on Thursday 31 October one sporting great will be the recipient of the night’s most prestigious award– the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’
One of 15 awards up for grabs on the night, this is the one everyone wants to get their hands on. The winner of this award will have made an outstanding contribution to sport in the region over the last 15 years and this category will be sponsored by the RAF.
Nottingham is home to an RAF base and Rob Naylor, Sergeant and Office Manager at AFCO Nottingham explained why they decided to back this particular category.
“We wanted to become a sponsor as we feel sport plays a major part in modern society and is vital to instil teamwork in the workplace. These are values which are mirrored within the RAF.”
Many of the skills needed to work within the RAF are also required for sporting success as Rob highlighted.
“Dedication is certainly required to achieve your goals at a high level in sport. Ability does obviously play a part, however as we have mentioned a strong work ethic goes a long way, and this is seen not only on the sports fields but also in a work environment” he said.
He continued: “The winners of the category will have displayed excellent teamwork and commitment in their chosen sport and possibly even overcome adversity in order to achieve their goals.”
As well as those who are nominated the event will be attended by a wide range of local businesses and famous faces from the sporting community. The night will get underway with a Champagne reception upon arrival before people take to their seats to enjoy a delicious three course meal.
Ensuring proceedings are running seamlessly will be badminton legend Gail Emms MBE and presenter, Mark Clemmit.