Sport Tynedale has signed EGGER (UK) Ltd as its official awards sponsor for the next three years.
The organisation which was founded in 1973, provides part funding to talented sporting young adults and adults who need support to develop their potential. Through this they have helped those who have gone on to national and international success.
Edward Heslop, Sport Tynedale chairman commented: "We are delighted to welcome EGGER as a lead sponsor. Sport Tynedale receives no direct funding and thus relies on sponsorship, Parish/Town Council support as well as club and schools affiliation fees. With the generous support of our Award night sponsors we are able to channel all of our monies into providing funding of our local sporting individuals and teams. We are then able to keep the annual awards night as a free event to showcase and celebrate our local sporting talent.
The awards night is held at the Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham in December and nominations open in October.
Allison Curbishley, president of Sport Tynedale and host of the annual Awards night explained: "As a former British International athlete I know just how important funding, from organisations like Sport Tynedale, is to help talented sports individuals on their pathway to reach their potential. Alongside the funding, Sport Tynedale also understands the value of recognition and the annual sports awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the achievements of our talented sports people as well as those unsung heroes who make sure there’s opportunities for all."
One individual who has gone from strength to strength through the funding of Sport Tynedale is Edward Common. For his exceptional performances across the year, Edward received the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year. With his outstanding achievements in powerchair football, which helped England to third place in the World Cup, Edward also received the main accolade at the 2017 Sport Tynedale Awards, the Tynedale Trophy.
Edward Common commented: "I’ve been able to play powerchair football to the highest level and this would not have been possible without the help of Sport Tynedale. I certainly didn’t expect to win both the Disabled Sportsperson and the Tynedale Trophy. It was a brilliant way to end the year. I really enjoyed the awards night and am looking forward to attending this year’s event."
Jackie Watson, head of marketing communications at EGGER added: "We are looking forward to working with the team at Sport Tynedale to build on the success of previous awards nights. There is so much sporting excellence in our local area, it is great to partner an organisation which helps to nuture and celebrate this talent."
In addition to acting as the headline sponsor, EGGER will also sponsor the Sports Tynedale Unsung Hero Award, which was last year won by Jimmy Richardson for his selfless volunteering work at Hexham Golf Club.