Vote now for your Sussex Sports Awards ‘Club of the Year’

Votes are now open for The Grand Hotel ‘Club of the Year’ Award – the only category to be decided by the public vote – at the 11th annual Sussex Sports Awards. East Grinstead Meads Football Club, Brighton Phoenix Basketball Club or Selsey Football Club will all fight out for this prestigious award which was last year won by Uckfield Grasshoppers FC.

Readers are encouraged to cast their votes by Friday 15th November 2013 at

–          Selsey Football Club has worked with Selsey Seals FC to move football participation in the area to a new level. Between them the clubs have worked hard to achieve the FA Charter Standard Community Club Award. They currently have a combination of nineteen adult and youth teams covering all age ranges and encompass a welcome and friendly attitude to the delivery of grassroots football within the area.

–          Founded in 1997, East Grinstead Meads FC achieved Charter Standard Club Award in 2006 and Development Club Award status in 2009 and is run completely by volunteers and parents who, without their hard work and dedication the club, would not have grown to be what it is today; the largest youth club in East Grinstead.

–          Brighton Phoenix Basketball Club’s disability group has this year travelled for competition in London, Chichester and the Isle of Wight – winning the Annual Challenge Trophy. England Basketball also recognised Phoenix in the National Membership Incentive Programme where it was placed 11th in the National Top 25 list. It also boasts 484 members, helping the South East area break the 3,000 member barrier for the first time.

The 11th Sussex Sports Awards will celebrate the achievements made by the county’s most talented sportsmen and women and also the volunteers and coaches who give up their hours each week to ensure the county remains a hub for developing the nation’s next generation of sports stars.

Sadie Mason, Active Sussex Chief Executive said: “I encourage everyone to set two minutes of their time aside to cast their vote for the Club of the Year. It’s a prestigious award to both be shortlisted for and of course, win. Whilst last year was all about preparing, approaching and enjoying the London Olympic Games, this year has been all about keeping the momentum going and ensuring that sporting legacy continues throughout Sussex. The awards ceremony will reward quality, achievement, determination and commitment to those involved in sport across the county – something that is clearly evident in the three terrific sports clubs.”

The evening kicks off at 6pm with a ‘Wave Leisure’ VIP Reception: followed by three-course meal, awards, and entertainment – including a dramatic Parkour performance by the Brighton-based Urban Playground Team.

Tickets are now on sale and cost £40 inc. VAT (these are subsidised tickets for community sports groups, teams and individuals). Corporate tickets are also available at £65 exc. VAT, with corporate tables of 10 for £600 exc. VAT. Buy tickets online at

Contact: Craig Peters on 0844 826 3136 or


Notes to editors
Hi res photos of Gail Emms and past Sussex Sports Awards winners are available on request.

Media invitation:
To attend the event as a member of the press and to arrange interviews with the winners on the day itself, please contact Craig Peters on 07746 923470.


Sussex Sports Awards

Now in its eleventh anniversary year, the Sussex Sports Awards, organised by Active Sussex, is the most prestigious award ceremony of its kind in the region. A judging panel of sports professionals drawn from national, regional and community levels, judge 13 separate awards. The 2013 event will take place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on Friday 29 November.


Gail Emms MBE

Gail Emms is a British badminton player who has achieved international success. Together with her partner Nathan Robertson, she has been number one in the world at mixed doubles, All England Champion, Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympic silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Since retiring, Gail has presented on sports shows including Channel 4’s 4Sport, Radio 5 Live and A Question of Sport.


Active Sussex

Active Sussex is the brand name of the Sussex County Sports Partnership Trust, a not-for-profit organization and registered charity dedicated to the support, promotion and development of sport and active lifestyles throughout Sussex.

Active Sussex is one of the 49 county sports partnerships across England supported by Sport England.


The Urban Playground Team
The Urban Playground (UPG) Team blend authentic French ‘Art du deplacement’ with urban and contemporary dance in a unique language known as Performance Parkour. The Brighton-based team tours nationally and internationally for clients including the British Council and the National Theatre. Since 2007 they have worked in partnership with co-creators of Parkour ‘Gravity Style’, (France) – appearing in their feature film ‘Come Fly With Us’. Prodigal Theatre’s UPG Team is the UK’s original Parkour Performance company – Prodigal Theatre & The UPG Team are an associate company of the Brighton Festival & Dome.

Previous Sussex Sports Awards winners

Silver London 2012 Olympic Medallist (Eventing) Tina Cook (Findon, West Sussex)

World Judo champion Ben Quilter (Brighton)

Paralympic athletes Sophia Warner (Hove) and Sascha Kindred (Crawley)

Triathlete Olly Freeman (Eastbourne)

Decathlete Sebastian Rodger (Eastbourne)

For more details about the Sussex Sports Awards please contact Joanna Savage on 01273 644153 or or Craig Peters on 07746 923470 or

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