The Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards have launched a call for nominees for the annual 2019 awards ceremony.
The Northwest Football Awards aims to celebrate all the best football heroes in the area and there is a region-wide call for the North West’s football community to submit their nominees. The organisation has recently announced a partnership with Ladbrokes who have signed as Northwest Football Awards title sponsor for 2019 and 2020, with an option for 2021.
Simon Clare of Ladbrokes said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved with the Northwest Football Awards and we look forward to showcasing our commitment to the sport and celebrating the football industry’s best from across the Northwest region.”
“We are keen to give something back to help celebrate the outstanding footballing talent, from both on and off the pitch, at all levels of the game. At Ladbrokes, we strive to lead the way in the gambling industry, the same way those in football strive to be the best in their fields. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Northwest Football Awards to reward that excellence.
He added: “The timing is perfect for us as we have recently launched our group-wide responsible gambling campaign, Changing For The Bettor, to deliver the safest gambling environment for all our customers.”
Now in it’s 12th year, the Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) aims to celebrate the best of the best in the North West’s football scene and pays tribute to those both on and off the pitch. The 2019 ceremony will see 22 awards presented to those who have achieved a level of excellence in football, ranging from a grassroots level to elite levels of the sport.
Choosing the 2019 winners will surely be a difficult task after the astounding season that the North has seen. After Liverpool’s incredible comeback victory over Barcelona in May and their triumph over Tottenham in the Cahmpion’s League Final, the judges of the award are in for some tough decisions.
Not forgetting Manchester City’s ‘four-midable’ season and Manchester City’s women’s remarkable performances throughout which showcased show-stopping talent with a double cup win.
The official launch of the Ladbrokes Northwest Football Awards took place in the Hilton’s Cloud23 and was hosted by the BBC’s Hugh Ferris, with a panel of very special guests including Liverpool FC Women’s Jemma Purfield, ex-Manchester United player, Danny Webber, Troy Townsend from Kick It Out, Leanne Ayin from Women in Football and John Callaghan from Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC, who are the 2018 winners of the Kick It Out Promoting Inclusion Award. The launch was attended by a number of industry professionals like Michael Carrick, Fabrice Muamba, Sam Matterface and Brian Horton.
The NWFA has been growing ever since it first began in 2007 and this year is expected to be its biggest one yet. The organisers of the event said: “What a season of football, we have had in our amazing region, from all levels of the game, culminating with the nail-biting Premier League title race between Manchester City and Liverpool, which showcased the remarkable talent in the Northwest.
“The raft of nominations last year and the immense competition, will no doubt be intensified this year, given the extraordinary year of football and the astounding end to the season.”
With nominations now open and 22 amazing awards up for grabs, the NWFA are asking to hear from as many clubs and organisations as possible. Categories include Unsung Hero, Community Club of the Season (Premier and all other leagues) and the Fabrice Muamba Award for Outstanding Services to Football Medicine and Performance. Nominations can be made online at northwestfootballawards.com.