Your chance to nominate amazing young people for special awards
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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