Newcomer of the Year Award launched in Birmingham and Black Country

A selection of balls - archive generic image Anyone who has made a great impact on their sports club can be nominated

BBC WM is celebrating people who have recently become involved in sport as it launches The Newcomer of the Year Award.

Two new awards - Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership and The Black Country BeActive Partnership Newcomer of the Year Awards supported by BBC WM - aim to recognise the achievement of a club or individual within the first year of their chosen sport.

They should have made an outstanding and inspirational contribution, above and beyond that normally expected of a first-year athlete, official, coach or volunteer.

People can nominate anyone who has made a great impact on their sports club or within their local community.

Maybe they increased participation in a sport. They could have encouraged people from groups who sometimes do not participate in sport.

We want to celebrate people and clubs who have excelled over the past 12 months.

Those nominating could consider what innovative ideas the people and clubs might have used to develop or encourage sport within the community and what makes this club or individual an inspiration to others.

The winners will be presented with their awards at special celebration evenings and will join other winners from around the West Midlands at the BBC's annual Unsung Hero Awards.

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