Save the date Thursday 7th May 2020


The Pride of Essex Sports Awards

Thursday 7th May 2020

Celebrating the best of Essex sport & sporting achievements


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 winners in full:-

Professional Young Sports Person – Danny Crouch

Professional Sports Personality – Justin Edinburgh

Disability Sports Award – Conor O’Hare and 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)

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 event. Sky Sports Presenter Bianca Westwood is to host the ceremony and lead the panel of judges which so far includes Jason Leonard OBE & Daily Mail Chief Sports Writer Martin Samuel who said “These awards highlight the outstanding achievements of individuals and recognises the important work carried out by sporting organisations in Essex, I am very proud to be a part of it.” 

The judges will be joined at the event by a prestigious line up of awards presenters including Joe Cole , Frank Lampard, Ronnie Irani and Stephanie Moore MBE.

Who deserves your vote?

Nominations 2019

The Pride of Essex Sports Awards nominations  are now closed. 

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. 

Awards Categories

Who deserves your vote?

The Judges

Jason Leonard OBE


Jason Leonard OBE is England’s most capped player and Rugby World Cup 2003 winner.  He is the first player from the professional era to become President of the Rugby Football Union and support for his appointment ranged from his club Barking RFC to former international opponents and rugby clubs up and down the country.

Martin Samuel


Daily Mail Chief Sports Writer

Martin has been the chief sports columnist for the Daily Mail newspaper and MailOnline since 2009 and a sports columnist for GQ Magazine since 2012. 

Martin has won numerous sports journalism awards and in January 2015 he was named in Debrett's List of the 500 Most Influential People in Britain. 


Paul Hardcastle


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

Patrick Dunne

Patrick Dunne Archant West Essex Life Essex Life

Archant - Media company Director

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

Awards Presenters


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