Covid-19 can't stop Sussex Sports Awards celebrating heroes and stalwarts

Nominations are now open for 2020's ‘virtual’ Sussex Sports Awards.

Friday, 11th September 2020, 10:15 am
Kriss Akabusi with the Active Sussex team at last year's awards

The prestigious annual awards are going ‘virtual’ for 2020 - celebrating the phenomenal heroines and heroes who have contributed to the sport and physical activity sector during the most-difficult of years

Hosted by Active Sussex, the annual event has historically been a black-tie affair, held on the last Friday of November, awarding those who have gone the extra mile in the sport sector as well as high-achieving individuals and teams.

With the restrictions around the outbreak of Covid-19 this year, the Sussex Sports Awards 2020 will be a week-long ‘virtual’ celebration on social media from Monday 23 – Friday 27 November, with the winners of the awards themselves being announced on the Friday.

Nominations for the awards are now open to find individuals and organisations who have gone the extra mile to keep people active, and those who haven’t let adversity stand in the way of their sporting success.

Five awards up for grabs; individual awards Sports Personality of the Year, the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award and Volunteer of the Year, whilst organisations and projects can be nominated for the Community Engagement Award and the Inclusion and Diversity Award.

Active Sussex want to hear your inspiring stories, so if you know someone that deserves to be recognised then nominate them before 12pm (midday) on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Sadie Mason MBE, Active Sussex’s Chief Executive said: “Whilst we knew that hosting the Sussex Sports Awards in the same way we usually do was not possible for 2020, we also knew that now, more than ever, we needed to celebrate all those who have made a difference this year.

"While it has been a difficult time for everyone, we have seen some incredible stories of those who have gone above and beyond in their communities and this is the perfect opportunity to shine a light on some of those stories.”

To nominate an individual or organisation please visit

Award nominations will close at midday on Wednesday 30 September, with the finalist shortlist announced on Wednesday 7 October.