CLACKMANNANSHIRE’S sporting community has been called upon so submit nominations for an upcoming awards ceremony.

For the first time since 2019, sportscotland has announced the return of the in-person Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering (COV) Awards.

With nominees and winners ranging from young volunteers to high performance coaches, this awards ceremony recognises the outstanding work and dedication of coaches, officials and volunteers across Scotland.

The national agency for sport is now calling on members of the sporting community in Clackmannanshire to submit nominations for the sportscotland COV Awards 2022.

For anyone who’s made a positive impact on their sport, club, school or community in one of these roles, the COV Awards are a chance to recognise their contribution.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “Each year the COV awards give sportscotland and the wider sporting system the opportunity to shine a light on and recognise the individuals who are integral in the running and delivery of sport in our communities.

“The incredible amount of time and energy that we see from our all the coaches, officials and volunteers is truly admirable and we want to encourage as many nominees to be put forward as possible.’’

There are 13 award categories, each with different criteria and specification, including Young Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

For the past two years, the COV awards were adapted to a virtual setting, to showcase the great work of coaches, officials, and volunteers, even throughout the tough times of the pandemic. This year’s event is set to return to the Glasgow City Chambers for a live in person event.

Nominations are now open and will close on Wednesday, July 13.

The winners are set to be announced at the COV Awards Ceremony at the Glasgow City Chambers on October 4.

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