SPORTS AWARDS: Backing from housing group

Dave Pickard
Dave Pickard

HOUSING group chiefs can’t wait to hear inspiring stories from the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards.

The Vela Group is one of the partner sponsors in our competition which searched for the sporting heroes in our town.

They are delighted to be part of our inaugural event.

Vela Group director of operations Dave Pickard said: “We recognise the important role and contribution that sport plays in our communities.

“The Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards is an excellent way to celebrate those sporting achievements, and we are delighted to be supporting the awards this year.

“Sport is a powerful tool for building cohesive communities, offering opportunities for people to come together and participate in community life. It can help to break down barriers and create a sense of local pride and belonging.”

Vela was formed in 2010 bringing together Tristar Homes and Housing Hartlepool. It has more than 17,000 homes.

Mr Pickard added: “The Vela Group wants to continue encouraging people to make a difference and be recognised for the value that they bring, helping us in our vision of Shaping Places, Creating Communities and Changing Lives. We look forward to hearing many inspirational stories on the night.”

We have already received nominations in the competition, but we want many more and anyone can nominate. There are 13 categories.

Team of the Year;

Sportsperson Special Achievement Award;

Disabled Sports Person Award;

Disabled Team of the Year;

Contribution to Disability Sports Award;

Sports Official/Referee Award;

Coach of the Year Award;

Unsung Hero Award or Volunteer/Young Leader Award;

Club of the Year Award;

Lifetime Achievement Award;

Sports Personality of the Year Award;

Young Sports Personality of the Year Award;

Inspire Award.

To nominate, go HERE

The closing date for entries is September 13.