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Brechin people are being urged to nominate the area’s unsung sporting heroes for the 2013 sportscotland coaching, officiating and volunteering awards.

The awards provide the opportunity for coaches, officials and volunteers to be thanked for their dedication and to recognise their achievements.

Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland, said: “We recognise that coaches, officials, and volunteers in sport are invaluable, and without their dedication week-in week-out, Scottish sport would struggle to exist.

“The majority of these dedicated individuals give up their own free time to help develop and support the next generation of sporting talent.

“sportscotland is delighted to be staging these awards and we urge you to nominate someone who goes above and beyond to help inspire people to be the best they can be.”

Awards will be presented in nine categories – Young Coach, Community Coach, Development Coach, Performance Coach, Young Person’s Coach, Disability Coach, Technical Official, Young Volunteer, and Volunteer – to celebrate the achievements across the full spectrum of Scottish sport.

The winners of the sportscotland Coaching, Officiating, and Volunteering Awards are then put forward for the prestigious UK Coaching Awards, which are held in December.

For more information on any of the award categories, or to download an entry form, go to www.sportscotland.org.uk/COVawards.

The closing date for nominations is October 11.

Winners will receive a commemorative trophy, certificate, and cheque for £300 towards their development.

Last year’s awards saw the highest ever number of entries across all nine categories, with 200 applications flooding in from across the country.