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Nominations open for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023 Unsung Hero award

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2023 Unsung Hero award  graphic


The nominations for this year’s Unsung Hero award officially opened today, marking the start of the 70th year of Sports Personality of the Year.  


The award, which recognises volunteers who go above and beyond to bring sport and physical activity to their local community, is one of the categories at the iconic awards ceremony which will take place in December.   


All nominees must be 16 years or older and work or volunteer for a sports club or physical activity in their local community – this could be anything from football to fencing, swimming to salsa – and they can be involved in any capacity, whether that’s a steward or a coach. 


The nominee must demonstrate a passion for their local community and encouraging others to take part in a sport. 


This year, there will be winners from each of the 15 BBC nations and regions, to recognise the dedicated people who are committed to grassroots sport right across the UK. A judging panel of industry experts will then decide on just one winner who will be announced live at the event in December.   


To nominate someone head to the BBC Sport website and complete the application. You must be over 18, or have consent from someone over 18, and the nomination window is open until 23:59 Monday 30 October.  


The ambassador for the award this year, Triple Olympic Champion gymnast Max Whitlock OBE, said:

“Almost every athlete falls in love with their sport at a local club, and these clubs wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the dedication and passion of volunteers. I’m so excited to be a part of the award this year which celebrates the work of so many people across the country involved in grassroots sports.” 


Last year’s winner was Mike Alden. Mike was diagnosed with brittle bone disease as a child, however he didn’t let it stop him from playing football. He set up Park Knowle Football Club to encourage others to play the sport in one of Bristol’s most deprived areas, and dedicates around 100 hours a week to the club.  


Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said:

“I am always incredibly impressed by the nominations for Unsung Hero. It’s a truly inspirational award which celebrates the hard work of so many volunteers in sports clubs across the UK. I can’t wait to see who wins this year.” 


To apply, read the term and conditions and privacy notice, head to: 


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