Newmarket Racecourses will sponsor a brand new award at this year’s St Edmundsbury Sports Awards which take place in October.


 
For the last few years, an award called The People’s Champion, the only award where the winner is decided by a public vote, has been presented by our media partners the Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo. 
 
This year, to recognise the huge amount of young sporting talent in the borough, an additional People’s Youth Champion Award will also be presented, sponsored by Newmarket Racecourses. Again, voted for by the public, the award recognises local young sporting talent.

Newmarket’s Rowley Mile and July Course are two of the 15 racecourses owned in trust by Jockey Club Racecourses.
 
Horse racing takes place on The Rowley Mile in the spring and the autumn and is home to the opening two Classic races of the year, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and QIPCO 1000 Guineas.  The autumn programme includes headline days such as the Betfred Cambridgeshire Meeting and the Dubai Future Champions Festival.  Visitor numbers for racing days exceed a third of a million people a year.
 
The Adnams July Course is Newmarket’s summer racecourse.  As well as the Moët & Chandon July Festival, headlined by the Group 1 July Cup, the racecourse also hosts the famous Newmarket Nights.
 
Amy Starkey, Regional Director East Region, said: “Newmarket Racecourses are delighted to be sponsoring the People’s Youth Champion award. To celebrate such a fantastic achievement we will be inviting the winner to join us at Dubai Future Champions Festival as our VIP guest. Good luck to all those nominated!”


 
Details of how to vote for a shortlist of nominees for The People’s Champion Award and the People’s Youth Champion Award will be announced soon through the awards media partners the Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo.


 
Matt Hickey said: “We are delighted that Newmarket Racecourses, which have hosted some of the world’s most iconic sporting events, will be sponsoring our newest award at the St Edmundsbury Sports Awards this year. Without the generosity of our sponsors this fantastic event could not take place.”
 
The awards will be held once again at The Apex on Friday 2 October, where the outstanding sporting achievements made by sports men, women and juniors in the borough are recognised. The awards also showcase the huge amount of work that takes place within sport in the borough of St Edmundsbury.
 
The awards are run every year by Abbeycroft Leisure, the largest leisure trust in Suffolk. Winners of each category receive a certificate, a souvenir photograph plus £50. All nominees are invited to the awards evening.