Fresh from their success at Wembley and promotion last season , South Shields Football Club is now looking to celebrate the achievements of people in their own community.
The club is backing the Best of South Tyneside Awards.
The Mariners – who won four trophies last season – took home the FA Vase Cup back in May.
About 15,000 supporters followed Shields to Wembley, while an average of more than 1,200 watched home games last season.
Now the club has lent its support to the annual Gazette awards which look to honour outstanding residents in the borough.
South Shields FC Operations Director Rachel Sarginson said the side was delighted to sponsor the awards this year.
“The club is delighted to be supporting the Best of South Tyneside Awards,” she said.
“The awards honour some of the most inspirational people in the borough, so to be able to support this event is our pleasure.
“We really look forward to attending the ceremony and meeting all of the nominees.”
Sponsoring the overall Best of South Tyneside Awards this year is electronics giant Siemens as the headline sponsor, along with a host of category sponsors including, Port of Tyne, Harlow Print, Northumbrian Water, and the Customs House.
We are asking for nominations to be submitted by Friday, September 1.
After the deadline there will be a night of live performances by all of the young contenders in the running and that will be held on September 5, at the Customs House.
The top three will then be chosen by judges to move on to the Best of South Tyneside grand finale at the Quality Hotel, in Boldon on September 21.
These are the sections to choose from:
• Role Model
• Neighbour of the Year
• Greener South Tyneside
• Child of Achievement
• Fundraiser of the Year
• Entrepreneur of the Year
• Carer of the Year
• Sporting Excellence
• Sports Team of the Year
• Community Champion
• Student of the Year
• Community Group
• Volunteer of the Year
• Child of Courage
• Young Performer of the Year
• Lifetime Contribution
To make a nomination, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the category you wish to nominate and provide your full contact details, including email address and phone number along with those of your nominee.
Nominations can also be posted to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.