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5:58pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
TRAWDEN Celtic beat Brierfield Celtic in a winner-takes-all North Valley League title showdown.
5:56pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
AFC Darwen under 18s have crowned an unbeaten season by winning the East Lancashire Football Alliance league and cup double.
5:55pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
LANCASHIRE Girls Under 14s made history after they were the first team from the county to be crowned English Schools FA national champions.
5:53pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
It has been a busy few weeks for fighters from Blackburn with Darwen Police ABC.
5:52pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
Burnley Bobcats were among the medals yet again in the Satellites Level 2 Open Meet inMacclesfield.
11:00pm Thursday 6th December 2012
A CELEBRATION of local amateur sport took place last night at the annual Lancashire Telegraph Grass Roots Heroes Awards.
6:07pm Tuesday 20th November 2012
THE search for amateur sporting stars and unsung heroes across East Lancashire is over as the shortlist for the Lancashire Telegraph’s annual Grass Roots Heroes Awards is revealed.
3:02pm Wednesday 7th November 2012
THIS is the final chance to honour East Lancashire’s amateur sporting heroes.
5:26pm Tuesday 29th May 2012
KEVIN Gallacher has starred in the Premier League and played in European Championships and World Cup finals, Laura Massaro is one of the best squash players on the planet while Jay Rodriguez is one of the most sort-after footballers in the country.
4:44pm Wednesday 23rd May 2012
COACH of the year winner Brian Roche hopes the Grass Roots Heroes Awards are held for many years to come.
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Jay Rodriguez, former Burnley FC striker
I attended last year’s awards and was overwhelmed by the hard work and dedication put in to amateur sport. Awards like these are great to highlight that work.
Sophie Hitchon, hammer thrower
It is great to see awards like this, we are able to say thank you to everyone that has helped us to get to where we are, not just awarding the athletes for their success.
Holly Lam-Moores, handball star
Whether you go on to perform at the highest level or enjoy sport locally, to have support as a youngster is vital. I’ll always remember those coaches who helped me.
Laura Massaro, squash champThe importance of local coaches can’t be underestimated. This is when young players learn the importance of discipline, hard work and dedication.
Kevin Gallacher, ex-Rovers
You don’t realise the talent there is and dedication that goes in to amateur sport until you witness it yourself. I was taken aback when I attended last year’s awards.
Gary Keedy, Lancashire CC ace
I will always be grateful to those coaches who helped me reach the top. It’s important that today’s children get that support and I welcome awards like these.
Steve Fraser ,Managing Director, United Utilities
It gives me great pleasure to support the Lancashire Telegraph’s Grass Roots Heroes Awards again this year.
During our involvement last year, I was struck by the drive, energy and dedication of so many people, young and old, putting sporting achievement firmly on the map in East Lancashire. It was fantastic to be able to give those local heroes the recognition they deserve, and I am looking forward to seeing even more nominations this year.
Sport is a hugely important part of community life and I know these awards couldn’t take place without support from local business. I see United Utilities very much as a local business and it’s right that we get involved in the communities where we work. We’re there from the minute you get up and put the kettle on, to when you brush your teeth last thing at night. Our aim is to keep things flowing smoothly behind the scenes while you get on with your life.
I’m conscious that we’ve been very visible over the last year or so, especially on the streets of Blackburn and Darwen, while we carry out a major upgrade of the sewer systems. The end result will be cleaner water in our rivers and canals, and ultimately cleaner coastal waters.
I’m grateful for the patience local people are showing while we’re such a regular fixture in the community, and for that reason we’re proud to be cheering on this year’s Grass Roots Heroes all the way.