Kirklees Community Sports Awards: the shortlist! Date: 12/10/2015

The shortlist has today been announced for the first ever Kirklees Community Sports Awards, which aims to recognise and reward those who are involved in sport.

The awards, promoted by the Huddersfield Examiner and held in association with Huddersfield Town, will recognise sports teams in the area, as well as recognising the often unseen work done by volunteers and those around the clubs and societies. The event will climax in a glitzy awards ceremony on Friday 6 November 2015.

The event is being held in association with partners Myers Building Supplies, Lowdhams, Ubisoft and Sainsbury’s.

Categories include Kirklees Sports Legend, Sports Personality of The Year, Young Sports Personality, Sports Team of the Year and Sports Official of the Year. Other categories included in the awards include Sports Club and Sports Teacher of the Year, an award around Outstanding Services to Sport, the Most Improved Team and the Disabled Athlete of the Year.

Yorkshire Cricket Captain Andy Gale, Town legend Andy Booth, Examiner Sports Editor Mel Booth, Huddersfield Giants Prop Eorl Crabtree and England Rugby Union Centre Luther Burrell made up the judging panel with Hollywood actor, famed for his Star Trek and X-Men roles, Sir Patrick Stewart chairing the judges.

After receiving some great nominations across a wide variety of sporting backgrounds, below is the final shortlist!

Sports Official of the Year
David Owen (Longwood Harriers)
Geoff Ladbrooke (Berry Brow AFC)
Chris Dean (Huddersfield YMCA JFC)

Sports Teacher of the Year
Antony Leech & Andy Gledhill (Project Sport LTD)

Paul Simpson (Deighton Table Tennis Club)

Outstanding Services to Sports
Paul Bentley (Huddersfield Otters Water Polo)
Gary Cullen (Huddersfield Weightlifting)
Gerald Parr (Underbank Rangers RLFC)

Most Improved Sports Club/Team
Deighton Table Tennis Club
Shelley Junior Netball Club
Deighton Table Tennis Junior Team

Sports Team of the Year
Honley High School Year 10 Football Team
Deighton Table Tennis Junior Team
Honley High School Year 10

Sports Club of the Year
Thornhill United FC
Rawthorpe Amateur Boxing Club
Heckmondwike and Carlinghow Cricket Club

Disabled Athlete of the Year
Jerome Smith (Deighton Table Tennis Club)
Rich McLeod (Holmfirth Harriers)
Lucas Town

Young Sports Personality of the Year
Lydia Walker
Hannah Boden
Jordan Williams

Sports Personality of the Year
Paul Simpson (Deighton Table Tennis Club)
Jessie Slater
Daniel Walsh

Kirklees Sports Legend
Brian Robinson
Josie Cichockyc
Andy Booth

If you would like to attend the event, tickets are priced at £40 + VAT and standard tables of 10 are £350 + VAT with all including a three course meal, complimentary event programme and ticket for the award ceremony.

Please contact the Huddersfield Town Events Department on 01484 484183 or email