TODAY the Lancashire Telegraph, together with United Utilities, launches a search to find East Lancashire’s grass roots sporting heroes.

The brand new series of sports awards aims to recognise and reward those people who contribute so much to their communities through participation in sport.

From the young stars of the future to the old hands who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes over the years, we want to hear their stories.

From teams sports to individual pursuits, from outdoor action to indoor leagues, there are so many deserving causes out there.

And our panel of judges will then decide who deserves to receive a prestigious Grass Roots sporting hero award.

Sport at a local level plays a major role in the life of East Lancashire, bringing communities together and encouraging all age groups to actively take part in a wide range of disciplines.

There are 10 different categories up for grabs rewarding great performances and supreme coaching achievements.

Awards are available for a variety of age groups and no matter what your sport, you’ll find that you are able to enter.

Kevin Young, editor of the Lancashire Telegraph, said: “Sport is so important to the life of East Lancashire and these awards will recognise all those who make such a valuable contribution to the well-being of the area.

“We are delighted to launch these awards today in assocation with United Utilites.

“Everyone knows someone who has devoted countless hours to sport locally and now is the chance to see their efforts recognised.”

To nominate someone for a Grass Roots sporting hero award, click on a category from the links below.

Closing date for entries is September.

The winners will receive their awards at a special presentation event to be held in October.