Your chance to nominate amazing young people for special awards

Open chief executive John Gordon-Saker. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Open chief executive John Gordon-Saker. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

From rising sports stars to those who have achieved great things in the arts - a new awards ceremony is aiming to celebrate inspiring young people across Norfolk.

The winners of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2014. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The winners of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2014. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

Norwich-based OPEN Youth Trust - which has worked alongside young people for the last 11 years - is set to hold the inaugural Youth Awards: Celebrating Achievement in Norfolk next February.

From today people can nominate amazing individals and groups to be in the running for these special awards.

Schools, youth groups and other organisations and individuals are being encouraged to get involved by putting forward the names of young people in Norfolk aged 11 to 19, or up to 25 years for those with additional needs, for the awards.

Young people can be nominated in a range of different categories - sport (individual), sport (team), arts, charity, entrepreneur, perseverance, volunteer and education.

The 2015 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards winners with, centre back, Andrew Sherwood from Bernard Matth

The 2015 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards winners with, centre back, Andrew Sherwood from Bernard Matthews and, front centre, actress Dani Harmer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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Alongside the youth awards, there is also a Hero Award for which young people can nominate adults who they believe are a real young people's champion or hero.

The awards are following in the footsteps of the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, which were held at OPEN's Norwich venue for a number of years.

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John Gordon-Saker, CEO of OPEN, said: 'Following the format of the former Bernard Matthews Youth Awards, OPEN wanted to re-establish these awards to reward the inspirational young people we have living in Norfolk. It is important that we recognise the impact our young people make, as they are the key to the future of the region.'

The closing date for nominations is Monday, November 30. They can either by made online at www.opennorwich.org.uk/whats-on/youth-awards-2018/ or by picking up a nomination form at Open's box office or café.

The 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards winners, with host Anna Williamson. Picture: Denise Bradley

The 2013 Bernard Matthews Youth Awards winners, with host Anna Williamson. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

You can also download the nomination form by clicking here

The awards will be judged by an independent panel of judges. Joe Crowley, OPEN ambassador and presenter of The One Show and Countryfile, will host the awards ceremony at OPEN in Norwich on February 28 next year.

Youth Awards: Celebrating Achievement in Norfolk are sponsored by City College Norwich Norwich City Football Club and Norfolk County Council children's services. They are held in association with the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

Norwich-based OPEN Youth Trust is set to hold the inaugural Youth Awards: Celebrating Achievement in

Norwich-based OPEN Youth Trust is set to hold the inaugural Youth Awards: Celebrating Achievement in Norfolk in February 2018. Photo: supplied by OPEN Youth Trust - Credit: supplied by OPEN Youth Trust

AWARD CATEGORIES

Community: for an individual who has gone out of their way to make a positive difference to their community

Sport (individual): for outstanding achievement in sport in relation to personal circumstances

Sport (group): for a group's outstanding achievement in their chosen sport

Arts: for amazing and unique achievement in any artistic area

Charity: for a brilliant amount of charity work either through ongoing support or a series of activities

Entrepreneur: for showing strong entrepreneurial qualities such as leadership, innovation and creativity

Perserverance: for making extraordinary accomplishments despite challenges

Volunteer: for making an outstanding contribution to a community through volunteer work

Education: for demonstrating outstanding levels of learning in relation to personal circumstances

Hero: for an adult who is a real people's champion

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