THE imminent completion of Bracknell’s regenerated town centre has been inspiring the team behind the 11th annual Pride of Bracknell Forest awards. 

With the big reveal of the much-anticipated town centre redevelopment set for Spring, 2017, this year’s community awards will focus on ‘new’ Bracknell and the borough as a whole, with the growth that goes along with it. 

The Lexicon project, new businesses and thousands of new homes planned for the borough are all signs of how the area will grow over the coming years, and the awards want to support that by recognising the contribution of the community to making the borough such a success. 

Supporting the Pride of Bracknell Forest awards in 2016 is John Nike, entrepreneur and owner of the John Nike Leisuresport Complex, who will join the awards panel to decide on the finalists in each of the ten awards categories. 

He said: “I am thrilled to be a part of the group of business people who have decided to back the continuation of giving awards to members of our community for their outstanding attributes in society whether humanitarian, educational, work related, sporting, theatrical, personal skills or simply outstanding in the year in an unusual way. 

“I shall feel sheer delight as a member of the panel of judges selecting those worthy of winning an award from the regenerated Pride of Bracknell Forest awards 2016.”

He will join representatives from Redwood Technologies, Bracknell and Wokingham College, Involve, Waitrose and the Bracknell News to decide on the finalists who will be invited along to a glittering awards ceremony in April. 

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Young Sporting Champion runner up Grace Goddard with Amber Hill, Ady Williams, John Nike and Andrew Peach at last year's award ceremony


This year’s ten categories are: Pride of Bracknell (children’s champion); Pride of Bracknell (adults’ champion); School of the Year; Teacher of the Year; Business of the Year; Health and Sport (Young Person’s Achievement); Health and Sport (Adult Achievement); Charity of the Year; Volunteer of the Year and, new for 2016, Team of the Year.

The new category is for any type of team or group of people who come together for the same cause, whether they be linked to sports, a company, a charity, a school or church.

To nominate a community hero, team, school or business you think deserves some recognition for their outstanding contribution to Bracknell Forest either fill out a nomination form - found on page two of the Bracknell News out now - or email it in. 

Email entries should include: 

- Your name

- Your contact number

- The name of your nominee

- Your nominee's contact details and address

- A brief description of why your nominee should be awarded

Email your entry to

Postal entries should be addressed to Pride of Bracknell Forest, Bowman House, 2-10 Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU.

The closing date for nominations is Wednesday, March 23.