Hundreds of guests packed into Accrington Town Hall to recognise the brightest and best from the world of sport in the borough for the third annual Hyndburn Sports Awards.
Teams, coaches, clubs and volunteers filled the hall as compere for the evening Simon Brierley welcomed everyone to the event organised by Hyndburn Leisure.
Coun Ken Moss, Hyndburn council’s portfolio holder for Education, Leisure and Arts, officially opened the awards ceremony.
He said: “This is a fantastic evening to recognise people who have made a fantastic contribution to sport and the commitment of the people of Hyndburn to sport.
“It’s great to see so many people here that are a credit to Hyndburn.
“I’d like to thank all the people who made the nominations, without you these awards would not be possible.”
Among the winners on the night were Julie Beaghan and Debra Astley, who picked up the Inspire Award after they set up a running group in Rishton to target completely inactive people.
Debra said: “We had a lot of new mums in Rishton and we were really surprised with how many people joined.”
The lifetime achievement award, sponsored by the Accrington Observer, was won by Joseph Duckett for his contribution over four decades to martial arts in the borough.
As well as recognising teams, clubs, coaches and volunteers for their efforts, guests at the Hyndburn Sports Awards also had the opportunity to hear from Kenny Saunders, founder of the Save Grassroots Football campaign.
He said: “Without our dedicated volunteers, we would have no football.
“Volunteers give up their free time and money to coach.”
The evening was hailed as a great success for the sporting community of Hyndburn.
Coach of the Year: Shaun Fitzpatrick
Adult Volunteer of the Year: Sally Woods
Service to Disability Sport: Amie Barratt
Inspire Award: Julie Beaghan and Debra Astley
Team of the Year: Huncoat Primary School football team
Community Club of the Year: Pioneer 79 ASC
Young Achiever of the Year: Niamh Robinson
Highly Commended: Bria Fielding, Globe Bullough Park FC
Secondary School of the Year: Accrington Academy
Primary School of the Year: St Charles Primary School
Lifetime Achievement Award: Joseph Duckett