Sports Personality: Carl Frampton is BBC Unsung Hero ambassador

Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton won his world title at Titanic Quarter on 7 September

Belfast's IBF world super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has joined BBC Sport NI's search for individuals from grassroots sport to find the 2014 Get Inspired Unsung Hero.

Across the UK people are invited to nominate someone who has made a difference to their community through sport.

The award is a highlight of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, which takes place this year on Sunday 14 December at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow.

Now in its 12th year, the award recognises those who have gone above and beyond in contributing to sport in their local community. They could be the coach, volunteer, kit person, the cheerleader, the groundsperson - they just have to be someone you think deserves praise for their efforts as part of your team or sporting activity.

Frampton, who knows how important these contributions are, said he was "delighted to be the Northern Ireland ambassador for the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award".

"On my journey to becoming a World Champion, I have benefited from the commitment and encouragement of many volunteer coaches, particularly in the early stages of my career. I would encourage you to nominate those unsung heroes you believe deserve recognition within your own sport."

There will be 15 regional winners of a Get Inspired Unsung Hero award from across the UK, with the overall winner announced and presented with their trophy live on stage at this year's highly anticipated BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Get Inspired Unsung Hero Logo
The winner of the 2014 Unsung Hero Award will be announced at the Sports Personality of the Year in Glasgow on 14 December.

The award is being supported by the BBC's Get Inspired initiative; launched online following the 2012 Olympic Games the website works with sports bodies to encourage audiences to find out more about sports and activities participation or becoming a volunteer - bbc.co.uk/getinspired.

The nomination period is open until Monday 20 October. Further information and nomination forms can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/unsunghero

Put forward someone you know or work with now by completing this nomination form.

Panels will meet in each of the BBC's 15 Nations picking one winner from each Nation. The overall winner will be selected from those 15 and will be announced during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year programme in December. Take a look at the video to find out more about the selection process.

See the 2014 Get Inspired Unsung Hero Awards terms and conditions to find out everything you need to know. The closing date for applications is 23:59 on Monday 20th October.

You can also call 0845 308 8000 to request that a nomination form is posted to you. Calls cost up to 5p/min from most landlines (an additional connection fee may also apply). Calls from mobiles may cost considerably more. Please note that the last day we will dispatch posted nomination forms will be Friday 17 October.

Please note that we welcome nominations from previous years that were unsuccessful. So if you would like to send in a nomination for the same person again please just fill in the 2014 nomination form.

There is a continuing need for more unsung heroes in sport in the UK. If you have been inspired by this and want to get involved in helping grassroots sport in your community, visit the Get Inspired guide to volunteering, there is also a dedicated page for coaching.