Award scheme alert

TIME is running out for Northumberland teachers to make nominations for a national awards scheme.

The Sky Sports Living for Sport 2012 Awards celebrate the successful way secondary schools across the UK are using sport to inspire young people. This year is the 10th anniversary of the scheme, delivered in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.

The key areas of focus for the initiative are: Self-confidence and self-esteem, attainment and achievement, health and wellbeing, and encouraging pupils to reach their full potential.

The awards have two categories: Student of the Year and Teacher of the Year. Olympic gold medal winning sprinter and Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador, Darren Campbell, will lead the judging panel to help decide this year’s 12 student regional finalists.

The finalists will all be invited to attend an awards ceremony in early 2013 where the overall UK student winner will be crowned.

Campbell said: “It’s incredible to watch how students’ attitudes can shift through a single session and how belief in themselves and their abilities can be transformed.

“I am particularly delighted that the awards will continue to recognise the efforts of teachers in successfully delivering these projects.”

Prizes include up to £2,000 towards the school’s next sporting project. The regional finalists will each receive a £50 sports voucher, a year’s free Sky Sports subscription for the student and school, a trophy and certificate.

The closing date is Friday, September 14 and successful finalists will be notified during the autumn 2012 term. For more information, including how to make a nomination, visit www.skysports.com/livingforsport