Save the date Thursday 7th May 2020


SAVE THE DATE The Pride of Essex Sports Awards Thursday 7th May 2020

SAVE THE DATE The Pride of Essex Sports Awards Thursday 7th May 2020

SAVE THE DATE The Pride of Essex Sports Awards Thursday 7th May 2020 SAVE THE DATE The Pride of Essex Sports Awards Thursday 7th May 2020 SAVE THE DATE The Pride of Essex Sports Awards Thursday 7th May 2020

Celebrating the best of Essex sport & sporting achievements.

About us

The Pride of Essex Sports Awards celebrates and recognises the outstanding achievements of sporting heroes and legends from Essex. 

Essex has produced countless world class winners, champions and true sporting icons and it is time to celebrate this fact with an awards ceremony to be attended by many famous faces. 

The event will honour those who have made an exceptional contribution to sport - all voted for by you in our community. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony which is set to be one of the most prestigious events in the Essex social calendar. 

Excitement is mounting as The Pride of Essex Sports Awards team recruit presenters and judges for the 2020 event. Sky Sports Presenter Bianca Westwood is to host the ceremony and lead the panel of judges which so far includes ex-football legends Joe Cole and Frank Lampard Snr, Bianca Westwood,  Chief Executive of the Professional Darts Corporation Matthew Porter,  Alan Prentice Head Coach at Epping Forest Sportability Club and the Pride of Essex Sports Awards Co-Founder John Eagleton. 

The judges will be joined at the event by a prestigious line up of awards presenters including Barry Hearn, Ronnie Irani, Stephanie Moore MBE, Marlon Harewood and many more famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment.

Who deserves your vote?

Nominations 2020

The Pride of Essex Sports Awards nominations  process is now open and closes on March 31st.

There are two groups of nominations.  Three awards for 'Professional' individuals from Essex who are  involved or competing in sport at an international level & six awards for sports personalities, clubs and organisations within the community.

You can nominate anyone of any age for an Essex Pride of Sport Award - please see the nomination categories and full details below.


All nominations will be considered.  A shortlist for each category will be produced by The Pride of Essex Sports Awards research team and presented to a judging panel. 

We recognise that some nominees may fit in more than one category, our research team will make sure all nominations are considered for the most appropriate award.

Event Founders

The Pride of Essex Sports Awards was created with pride and passion by John Eagleton and Hayley Smith of Pineapple Blue Events. Together they have more than thirty years managerial experience in professional sport, sporting events and charitable fundraising. 

After attending a national sports awards ceremony, Pineapple Blue Events realised that the opportunity to celebrate the sporting achievements in their home county of Essex has thus far been missed and there is so much to celebrate. 


Barry Hearn has been awarded with The Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barry Hearn, owner of Matchroom Sport, the world’s biggest Sports Promotion company, was presented with ‘The Bobby Moore Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the inaugural Pride of Essex Sports Awards. The award was presented by Stephanie Moore MBE who said “No one else deserves this award more than Barry, he has made a major impact on the world of sport and I am honoured to present the award to him tonight.”

The very first Pride of Essex Sports Awards was hosted by Sky Sports Presenter Bianca Westwood on Thursday 2nd May in Chigwell and it was a very glitzy affair. 

People of Essex voted and came together to recognise and celebrate the many sporting achievements of individuals, clubs, coaches and teams in Essex. Many famous sports personalities were in attendance including footballers Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Essex cricket legend Ronnie Irani and Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike.

Young Sports Person of the Year Award went to 13 year old Danny Crouch from Rayleigh who has been crowned English and British gymnastics champion for the last two years. 

A Special Recognition Award went to the Tottenham Hotspurs Legends Team who have raised over three million pounds for charities over the years and Leyton Orient Manager, Chelmsford born Justin Edinburgh received ‘The Professional Sports Personality of the Year Award’ recognising his outstanding achievement of guiding Orient to the top of the National League winning the division and being promoted back into the Football League.

Other awards at this sporting celebration included The Disability Sports Award which had two winners. Under 20’s F35 athlete, winner of two gold medals at the Cerebal Palsy games in Spain, Conor O’Hare and Alan Prentice Head Coach at Epping Forest Sportability Club. 

Basildon and Phoenix Swimming Club scooped the Grassroots Club of the Year Award and The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School in Upminster won School of the Year PE Award recognising their no. 1 spot in the top sporting state schools in the whole of the UK.

Sensei of Wakararishin Jujitsu Ian Arbon was awarded Grassroots Coach of the Year Award and Dave Roberts of White Notley Football Club received the Unsung Hero Award and said he was honoured to be recognised for his 50 years of involvement in community sport.

Community Sports Personality of the Year award was deservedly presented to young footballer Katie O’Hanlon from Loughton who made her England debut this year and has just signed with Chelsea Ladies FC.

Chief Executive of Essex FA Brendan Walshe commented “We are very pleased to support this event in particular the foundation attached which will create so many opportunities for young people in our community.”

Nominations will be open again in January 2020 where you can nominate your Essex Sporting hero for the next Pride of Essex Sports Awards and tickets will be on sale early in the new year. 

See more photos on Instagram @Theprideofessexsportsawards Credit Photography David Solomon

The 2019 winners in full:-

The Bobby Moore Lifetime Achievement Award - Barry Hearn

Professional Young Sports Person – Danny Crouch

Professional Sports Personality - Justin Edinburgh

Disability Sports Award – Conor O’Hare & Alan Prentice

Grassroots Club of the Year – Basildon and Phoenix Swimming Club

Unsung Sporting Hero – Dave Roberts

Grassroots Coach of the Year – Ian Arbon

School of the Year PE Award – The Coopers’ Company and Coborn School

Community Sports Personality of the Year – Katie O’Hanlon


The full video of the evening!

Event music  by Paul Hardcastle, Album VIII - Hardcastle Music (Copyrighted)

Awards Categories

Who deserves your vote?

The Judges


Matthew Porter

Matthew Porter has been PDC Chief Executive since January 2008 and during this time has overseen the growth of the sport  and has introduced major tournaments such as the European Championship and Players Championship Finals, the PDC World Cup of Darts and the European Tour, as well as the implementation of the PDC’s development structure with Qualifying School, the Challenge Tour and Youth Tour.

Matt has also been the Chief Executive of Leyton Orient FC in the UK, as well as serving on the board of The Football League. 

joe cole

Joe Cole

  Joe started his career with West Ham Utd where he played for five seasons before moving to Chelsea Football Club playing over 280 games in all competitions and winning seven trophies, including three Premier league titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup.


Capped by England at Under 16's, Under 18's and under 21's  level, Joe went on to become a full international player between 2001 and 2010 scoring 10 goals. He was selected for the England squad at the 2004 Euros and the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups.


Paul Hardcastle

Twice Grammy nominated & Ivor Novello winner - Musician, producer, songwriter & multi instrumentalist.

Best known internationally for his biggest selling hit record '19' in 1985 which achieved No 1 in the UK for 5 weeks and No 1in 13 other countries.

 His career started in the early 80's working with Barry White, Ian Dury, Phil Lynot, 5 Star, Luther Vandross band Change.

Wrote the Score for Spice Girls movie (Spiceworld)
and  TV themes including Top of the Pops. Holiday, Saturday night live, watchdog, Wildlife on One

Paul was Simon Fuller’s first ever artist which started 19 Entertainment company. 

(Named after the song 19)

Just recently Paul had his 30th No 1 on the American Billboards contemporary Jazz Chart.
To date Paul has sold over 20 Million Albums worldwide.


Bianca Westwood

Sky Sports Presenter 

Bianca Westwood was the first female presenter to work on the show.

A lifelong West Ham United fan, Bianca is passionate about providing knowledge and leadership to those who wish to follow in her footsteps or forge their own path in football through her charity work with kick it Out.  


John Eagleton

Founder and CEO of  

The Pride of Essex Sports Awards

Founder of The Pride of Essex Sports Foundation

Trustee of the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation

Chairman of  Colebrook Royals FC 

an FA Charter Standard Grassroots football club based in Chigwell Essex 

Awards Presenters


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