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Sporting Achivement of the Year

Sports Team of the Year

Darren England, from Little Houghton, finished his career as an assistant referee at the FA Cup final back in May.

Now Darren, who also officiated a game between Argentina and Portugal and the world's best players Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi last season, is a referee in his own right and has started making the big decisions in League Two.

Upon receiving his award, Darren said: “I’m delighted. I’m so proud to be from Barnsley. I’m a Barnsley lad from a mining family and a mining town.

“I just want to thank my family because sometimes you have dark days as a referee. When you get decisions wrong and games don’t go well you need your family behind you, so thank you to my wife and my mum and dad.

“Sometimes as a referee you ref games and hope to stay out of the limelight but it has been good to be in the limelight tonight – I’m proud to fly the flag for Barnsley across the country and the world.”

For this award we want to hear about local clubs or teams who have achieved dazzling sporting success.

This could be at local, regional or national level, or it could be that this team has advanced the development of their sport within their local community.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help with you with your nomination.

  • Does this club/team demonstrate fair play and a good sporting attitude throughout the year?
  • Have they made an impact on or contribution to the development of sport in the community?
  • Do they encourage people to participate and improve their skills?
  • Are they a role model for other clubs/teams?
  • What sets this club/team apart from others?
  • Have they achieved success against all odds?

The winners of this award will have shown considerable dedication to their sport, the local community and the development of their team or club.