EXCITING new awards are launched today to celebrate the achievements of young people in the Tendring district.

Bright Futures, Tendring Council, the Clacton and Frinton Gazette, and the Harwich and Manningtree Standard have teamed up to establish the Tendring Youth Awards, which aims to highlight the successes of our young people and their commitment to the community.

Nominations are now open for the inaugural awards, which are open to young people aged between 11 and 21 who are living, working or studying in the Tendring district.

A panel of judges will assess the nominations and compile a shortlist of finalists, who will be invited to a glitzy presentation evening at the Princes Theatre, Clacton, in July.

There are awards for young people who have demonstrated characteristics such as courage, determination, kindness or dedication.

There is also a special award for an Unsung Hero, an adult who was supported young people to achieve their full potential through volunteering, mentoring, coaching or work.

Gazette and Standard editor Aynsley Davidson said: “We are delighted to be involved with Bright Futures and Tendring Council in establishing the Tendring Youth Awards.

“Some people believe the media are only interested in bad news and negative headlines, but we at the Gazette are proud of our record of celebrating the achievements of our young people, whether on the stage, on the sporting field, at school or in the community.

“However, the Tendring Youth Awards are nothing without young people being nominated, so if you know a young person who has done something worth celebrating, nominate them now.

“Some achievements may seem minor, but for a particular individual or a group, it may be a triumph against the odds or actions that improve the life of others.”

He added: “Tendring Council already runs the successful Pride of Tendring and Sports Personality Awards, and these new awards are another opportunity to pay tribute to our young people.

“I would like to thank both Tendring Council and Bright Futures for their work on setting up the awards, and also to the sponsors for all their generous support.”

If you have a young person whom you would like to nominate for one of the awards, simply complete the form and return it to Tendring Youth Awards (Nominations), Bright Futures, 5 Russell Road, Clacton, CO15 6BE.

You can also pick up a form at the Gazette’s office at 28 Jackson Road, Clacton, CO15 1QL.

All nomination forms must be returned by Friday, May 20.

To nominate a younger person for one of the awards, download the nomination form here Tendring Youth Awards nomination form.pdf