City Youth Charity in call for sponsors for Youth Awards


The OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) are launching their inaugural Youth Awards, celebrating the achievements of young people in Norfolk and are looking for sponsors for the awards.

OPEN has been working alongside young people for eleven years now and these awards are designed to highlight young people’s astonishing achievements and to give them the recognition and encouragement they deserve.

Nominations for these awards will be aimed at young people in Norfolk aged between 11-19 years of age (or up to 25 years for those with additional needs), with the exception of the Hero Award which will be for young people to nominate an adult who in their eyes is a ‘hero’ or champion, will open on Friday 8th September.  The awards will be judged by an independent panel of judges and Joe Crowley, Ambassador for OPEN and presenter of The One Show and Countryfile will host the Awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

To make these awards “super exciting”, “the very best they can be”, “go with a bang” - take your pick - OPEN is calling for sponsors to support them.  As sponsors you will be joining media partners the EDP and Evening News as well as the following organisations who have signed up as category sponsors: Leathes Prior (Outstanding Achievement), Active Norfolk (Sport Individual), Hugh J Boswell (Education), Norfolk Constabulary (Hero) and Larking Gowen (Entrepreneur).

OPEN is looking for headline sponsors for the awards as well as a further six for the remaining categories:

  • Community 
  • Sport (Team)
  • Arts
  • Charity
  • Perseverance
  • Volunteer

John Gordon-Saker, CEO for OPEN said: “Following the format of the former Bernard Matthew Youth Awards, OPEN wanted to re-establish these awards to recognise the inspirational young people we have living in Norfolk.  This is an amazing opportunity to honour the future generation of the region and we are inviting anyone interested to join us to champion them by sponsoring these awards”.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Grainne Buckley, Head of Fundraising at OPEN on 01603 25 2112 or email

Visit Youth Awards for more information.

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