Which famous faces will be at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards this week?

This Thursday the annual Nottingham Sports Awards return to recognise the sports people of Nottinghamshire’s dedication to their sporting discipline, whether it be at amateur or professional level.

The event will also see the world of sport and business come together as the latter support the former in their mission to promote an active lifestyle.

The backdrop for the evening

One of the region’s most sought-after venues, the East Midlands Conference Centre, will provide the backdrop for the evening’s celebrations. With over 30 years’ experience in running and hosting large scale events, and with a contemporary setting, the conference centre was the perfect choice for an event of this kind.

The purpose-built conference centre will welcome hundreds of guests through its doors on the night, all of whom will be welcomed with a champagne reception before being escorted into the venue’s large banqueting and exhibition suite where the event will get into full swing.

Becky and Ellie Downie represented last year’s winners Notts Gymnastics Academy

The hosts for the evening

Once the gourmet food has been eaten, two famous faces will be hitting the stage to ensure the evening runs smoothly. The evening’s hosts for this year’s event will be Emma Jesson and David Garrido.

ITV weather presenter, Emma Jesson, is a regular on the hosting scene with a professionalism and stage presence which makes her the perfect match for an event of this importance. Regularly presenting some of Europe’s largest conferences and award ceremonies, Emma will heighten the evening’s proceedings.

David Garrido is a sports presenter with more than 15 years’ experience in media and broadcasting, and currently one of the regular faces of Sky Sports News HQ. News-breaking, documentary-making, globe-trotting, transfer-talking, multi-lingual and challenge-seeking, he is one of the UK’s most recognisable TV sports faces.

Post editor Mike Sassi with Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash at the 2016 Nottingham Post Sports Awards
Post editor Mike Sassi with Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash at the 2016 Nottingham Post Sports Awards

The famous faces don’t end there

The profile of the event will not only be raised by the evening’s hosts, but also by the celebrities that will be in attendance on the night. Helping to recognise the achievements of sportspeople, these celebrities are recognised within the world of sports.

The famous faces include; Nigel Jemson, Steve Chettle, Colin Slater, Les Bradd, Tim Robinson, Basher Hassan, Mark Crossley, Hayley Turner OBE, Darren Fletcher, Jonathan Broom-Edwards, Ollie Hynd MBE, Richard Whitehead MBE, Garry Birtles, Jon Eley and Mark Draper.

Richard Whitehead was given a Lifetime Achievement award in 2016
Richard Whitehead was given a Lifetime Achievement award in 2016

The chosen charity of the evening

An event that seeks to give back to the community as well as celebrate sporting achievements, the Nottingham Sports Awards will be raising money for a local charity – Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Due to the charity’s invaluable work to better the lives of those with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, they will benefit from funds raised through charity games and a silent auction on the night.

For more information regarding the Nottingham Sports Awards, please visit www.nottinghamsportsawards.co.uk or contact Kirsty West on 01509 649 325 or email [email protected]

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