Recognising local sports achievements in 2020

This year, the Bedford Sports Awards would be celebrating its 25th anniversary. These Awards recognise and celebrate the sporting achievements of individuals, clubs and teams in Bedford Borough. Along with the crucial work of coaches, volunteers and others in making these happen.

While the usual awards ceremony cannot take place this year due to the measures in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, Bedford Borough Council still wants to recognise local sporting heroes.

To recognise those people who have gone above and beyond to help people keep active, achieve their goals, and continue to inspire Bedford Borough Council has launched ‘Bedford Borough’s 2020 Sport and Physical Activity Heroes’.

Councillor Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“We have had to postpone this year’s Sports Awards, these will happen next year, but we did not want to ignore the amazing contribution that so many people in 2020 have made and I am very pleased that we have launched ‘Bedford Borough’s 2020 Sport and Physical Activity Heroes’.

“Through this, we can recognise the good work that continues to be done in the community, and acknowledge and thank all those who have continued to help others stay active and healthy, in creative ways.

“Please get in touch and tell us about your local sporting heroes in this difficult year.”

Would you like to thank someone or a sports club/organisation/school for their support or recognise and celebrate their hard work during the pandemic?

  • Has your gym instructor gone online and delivered a Zumba, Pilates or karate class via Zoom?
  • Has someone you know helped an older person keep active by regularly joining them on a social distanced walk?
  • Perhaps you know someone who has helped get their sports club started again once restrictions were lifted?
  • Does your school have its very own ‘Joe Wicks’ inspirational PE teacher or have you as an individual taken up a new sport and got the family to join in?

The final list will go live online on 7 December 2020 so that as many people as possible can visit the site and hear about all the good work that is still continuing in the community.

To nominate someone, visit Bedford 2020 Sport Heroes and complete the online recognition form with the details of who you wish to be recognised.