This year the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards, taking place on Thursday 10 November, have not only had an abundance of nominations, but have also seen businesses from the local area getting on board as category sponsors.
One of these sponsors are Central Health who deliver national award winning Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Podiatry and Occupational Health Services in Derby, Nottingham and across the East Midlands.
The company are sponsoring the Junior Sportsperson of the Year category and Kevin Huffington (pictured above), Clinical Director at Central Health, explained their support of these local awards.
“Supporting the awards is a fantastic opportunity to help recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement in local sport. It’s also a great way to play a part in inspiring others to emulate their peers and encourage more people to take up a sport. Sponsoring the Junior Sportsperson of the Year means we can all applaud the wealth of emerging sporting talent we know exists in and around Derby, and hopefully encourage our next generation of local sports men and women.”
Mr Huffington drew upon the key attributes of Derby that allow sportspeople to flourish.
“Derby has a strong sporting pedigree and we think it’s a city that’s full of opportunity and going places. There is a great connection between sport and business in the area, with so many local companies getting involved to support financially, with participation and by providing favourable work-life balance options.
“The opening of venues such as the Derby Arena, a continued local and national investment into sport in Derby, the drive in our schools and universities to deliver sporting excellence, the support of local businesses and the existence of great organisations such as Sporting Futures and Derbyshire Sport – all bodes well for the future success of sport in our city.”
Central Health has a close association with sport in Derby and prides itself on championing participation and success at all levels. Mr Huffington explained further the association Central Health has with the local sporting community.
“We sponsored the Ramathon as it re-emerged in the city, we support a local football club, get involved with as many local sporting events as possible, and of course are the headline sponsors of Derby’s largest running event, the Central Health Derby 10K. Next year’s Central Health Derby 10K looks set to be the biggest and best ever, and with Sporting Futures as race organisers, we’re extremely proud to see so many local people taking part.
“Away from sponsoring sporting events, we are a healthcare provider and believe we help keep Derby ‘up and running’! Countless individuals involved in the local sports scene pass through our doors every year to access our physiotherapy, osteopathy and podiatry services.”
Business and sporting values are often hailed as one in the same, and Mr Huffington concluded by highlighting these similarities.
“Values such as passion, motivation, resilience, mental strength, self discipline, tenacity and a will to succeed are invaluable in both arenas.
“In business we can all take motivation from outstanding sporting achievement, especially when it has been gained during great adversity. We can also very clearly see how sacrifice and total focus delivers success, and can always learn from examples of where making marginal gains, supporting others and facilitating exceptional teamwork gets you ahead of the competition.”
To find out more about the 2016 Derby Telegraph Sports Awards, please visit www.derbytelegraphsportsawards.co.uk