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Villa fans invited to cast votes for top Barclays sports award

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Villa fans invited to cast votes for top Barclays sports award

Villa supporters are being encouraged to put forward nominations for the Barclays Community Sports Award.

The award, now in its third season, is a monthly gong that recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals who use sport to benefit communities across the UK.

Check out the Barclays Community Sports Award website if you would like to nominate a person who has recently made a real and lasting difference in their community through sport.

The accolade is awarded each month during the Barclays Premier League football season alongside those for Barclays Player and Manager of the Month, to highlight the great efforts being made by many in community sport.

The award is open to any individual benefiting their community in any sport.

Each monthly winner receives £1,000 for their group or organisation, a limited edition trophy and is entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000, all donated by Barclays Spaces for Sports.

The end of season award winner also receives an invitation to a celebratory event with Gareth Southgate in London.

The 2012-13 season sees a new focus for how the award money can be spent.

At least 50 per cent of the monthly or end of season sum should now be spent on sports or skills based qualifications.

Former Villa defender Gareth Southgate heads up the judging panel with representatives from Barclays, the Premier League, the Football Foundation and The Times newspaper.

The award is being delivered in partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League's Creating Chances programme and Football Foundation.

Last month's award was won by Katee Hui, founder of girls' community football team the Hackney Laces.

After only a year, Katee's passion and commitment has meant Hackney Laces now has over 50 players and an established U12, U14, U16 and women's sides.

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By @AVFCOfficial 8th February 2013
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