Save the date Thursday 7th May 2020
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.
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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
Event music by Paul Hardcastle, Album VIII - Hardcastle Music (Copyrighted)
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?
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.
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.
Nominate in this category for individuals who are competing in sport, professionally at national or international level.
Honouring someone who has dedicated their life to sport & has made a major impact on the world of sport during their lifetime.
A young sports person who has shown impressive achievement & improvement either as an individual or as part of a team.
Someone who has demonstrated an outstanding level of achievement in their sporting field & has numerous sports 'moments' for which to be recognised for.
Awards categories for sports personalities, clubs & organisations within the community.
Celebrating a team or a club that has achieved the most notable performance within their sporting field & demonstrates significant success & development of participation within the community.
This sports person is high performing & has made a significant impact in their field either individually or as part of a team. Nominations also considered for organisations who have created opportunities for people with disabilities.
An individual who has contributed their time & talents to enable others to participate in sport. This individual has made a major impact in sport in Essex through mentoring, volunteering & supporting others.
Someone who has demonstrated a commitment to their sporting field & has made an impact on sport in Essex within the community.
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This Essex based school will have a high quality provision of sport and physical activity. The school inspires & engages pupils & offers a diverse sporting curriculum & extracurricular activities.
This prestigious award will be given to an elite performer who has displayed an outstanding level of achievement as an individual or as part of a team. This individual is ranked high in their sport & is competing at a high level.
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.
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.
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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.
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Lifetime Achievement - The Bobby Moore Award
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