‘Sport brings the community together’ say Ikano Bank

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Submitted by beth on Mon, 07/15/2019 - 09:48

Sport often finds itself at the heart of local communities across the country. And, this year’s Nottingham Post Sport Awards will be rewarding an individual or team who have gone above and beyond to support the community through their sporting initiatives.

The ‘Community Award’ is one of 15 awards on offer to finalists at this year’s star-studded ceremony. Each award is supported by a category sponsor and it is Swedish bank Ikano who have given their name to the ‘Community Award’ this year.

The second consecutive year they have backed this award, Ikano was founded in Sweden 30 years ago but their UK head office is located in Nottingham. Their Country Manager, Paul O’Leary, explained how their own community ethos perfectly aligns with the category they are sponsoring.

“With our longstanding relationship with the city and so many of our co-workers coming from Nottingham we’re very proud to be connected with an event such as the Nottingham Post Sports Awards, celebrating the region’s best in sporting talent.”

He added: “We are also Headline Sponsors of the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Marathon and sport is extremely close to our hearts. We want to do all we can to encourage our co-workers and the local community to be more active. Sport is a great way of bringing communities together, which is why we’re thrilled to sponsor the ‘Community Award’ for the second year running. It’s humbling to meet such talented sportspeople and this award in particular celebrates the unsung heroes of our community.”

The Nottingham Post Sports Awards brings together people of all sporting backgrounds, levels and ability. Paul highlighted how the winner of this award should demonstrate what they have done to help people fulfil their potential.

“From grassroots to elite athletes, sport is a great way of bringing people together, keeping healthy, achieving personal or team goals and supporting others; be that as a team, coach, or supporter. Any winner of the ‘Community Award’ should be a shining example of working together with their community to reach their full potential.

“One thing our Swedish heritage has taught us is that hard work and good values are important for success and we’d love for that to be reflected by whoever goes home as the ‘Community Award’ winner this October.”   

Taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre on Thursday 31 October, the awards mark the stand-out occasion on the region’s sporting calendar. Hosted by comedian Mark Dolan and badminton legend Gail Emms MBE the night brings together a whole host of sporting stars from the Nottingham community.

Get your nominations in before the deadline on Friday 23 August. Visit https://nottinghampostsportsawards.co.uk to nominate.

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 bwhite@championsukplc.com