Save the date Thursday 7th May 2020
Celebrating the best of Essex sport & sporting achievements.
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?
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.
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, 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
Event music by Paul Hardcastle, Album VIII - Hardcastle Music (Copyrighted)
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.
In memory of Justin Edinburgh
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.
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 in community sport.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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