YORK’S mecca for racing is inviting people to share stories of their ‘unsung sporting heroes’ for this years Community Pride award.

York Racecourse will host this year’s Community Pride Awards ceremony.

The organisation, which sponsors the Sporting Hero category in the awards, is also encouraging residents to nominate people who go the extra mile for their team or club.

The accolade is presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport, and nominations are open for players, coaches, officials and volunteers.

Racecourse spokesman, James Brennan, said: “Once again York racecourse is delighted to support an awards ceremony that celebrates the hard work of so many people in our community. We’ve been putting on sport in South Bank since 1731 so it is particularly apt that we help recognise the dedication of those involved in local sport.

“The Community Pride Awards is a perfect combination for us. It does sport, which obviously we are. We are very much part of the community. We are proud of being part of the community and these awards.

“I think it is a chance to recognise people such as sporting coaches or organisers. It is an opportunity to shout out for the unsung heroes.

“It is a great night. It is people who have not won awards before. It’s a new stage for them, and a big night out. That moment on the stage, you can see what it means to them. There are cheers and sometimes there are tears.”

Last year Alan Fletcher, of Ovington Cricket Club, took home the award for his dedication towards the club and helping give hundreds of people an opportunity to play cricket.

The Community Pride Awards are run by The Press in partnership with City of York Council and the primary sponsor is York-based healthcare organisation Benenden Health.

All nominees must live in, or contribute to life in, the City of York Council area. Three finalists from each category will be invited to the awards ceremony at York Racecourse in October, when the winners will be revealed.

Entries can be posted to York Community Pride Awards, The Press, 84-86 Walmgate, York YO1 9YN. Or submit your nomination online at yorkpress.co.uk/communitypride. The closing date for entries is July 26.

Nominations must include a supporting statement and may include a photograph, which unfortunately we will be unable to return.