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Local Heroes Awards

The Northern Echo: Local Heroes Awards
The awards categories are as follows:

Award for Remarkable Achievement (Senior)

Special Achievement award for overcoming obstacles or personal difficulties in order to achieve a specific goal or purpose be it sporting achievement or ‘extra curricular’ activity i.e. fundraising.

Award for Sporting Excellence (Senior)

This award will be given to an individual who has achieved a significant level of success at national or international level, or has demonstrated a consistently high quality level of performance over a season within their sport at county level or above.

Sir Bobby Robson Leading Light Award

This award will be given to an individual who has demonstrated over time their commitment to, passion for and achievements in any sport at any level in the North-East. The individual will be seen as a role model by those in their sport and will have led by example, demonstrating the positive impact sport can have on those people, communities or sport he/she has worked with over time.

Award for Unsung Hero (Senior)

The person working ‘behind the scenes’ of a club, team or scheme. This person will not be the one who claims all the glory but their role is crucial and without them the club, team or scheme would not be the same. Behind the scenes of every club or team is someone who does the crucial jobs that are often taken for granted. Groundsmen, scorers, secretaries, treasurers, or organisers.

Award for Team of the Year (Senior)

Presented to the team or club who have pulled together, shown support, solidarity and co-operation through good times and not so good times in order to achieve results. The sport doesn’t matter, we’re simply looking for a team, big or small, that’s shone throughout the sporting year.

Award for Remarkable Achievement (Junior)

Special Achievement award for overcoming obstacles or personal difficulties in order to achieve a specific goal or purpose be it sporting achievement or ‘extra curricular’ activity i.e. fundraising.

Award for Sporting Excellence (Junior)

This award will be given to an individual who has achieved a significant level of success at national or international level, or has demonstrated a consistently high quality level of performance over a season within their sport at county level or above.

Award for Team of the Year (Junior)

Presented to the team or club who have pulled together, shown support, solidarity and co-operation through good times and not so good times in order to achieve results. The sport doesn’t matter, we’re simply looking for a team, big or small, that’s shone throughout the sporting year.

Most Promising New Talent

This award will go to a star of tomorrow, not necessarily involved in their chosen sport for a long time, this youngster will have shown great talent and promise for the future.

Outstanding Performance

The outstanding performance award will go to someone who has produced a one-off display that is particularly impressive or memorable. The award is open to juniors and seniors and covers all sports.

The Northern Echo Local Heroes Awards has grown to be the region’s premier grassroots sports awards.


Local Heroes celebrates, recognises and rewards achievements in grassroots sports, giving our local heroes a night to remember.


As well as discovering the region’s most talented sports people, Local Heroes identifies and rewards those people who work behind the scenes. Often they do it for the love of it, and dedicate their lives to grassroots sport, without receiving any recognition.


Nominations have now closed for this year's awards and the nominees for each category will be announced in The Northern Echo on Saturday, October 29, 2016.


The awards evening will be taking place on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley.