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This year marks the 10th anniversary of BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, recognising the best in young sporting talent in the UK. 2011 nominations are open from Monday 10 October giving everyone the chance to put forward their suggestions for the award.

When this year’s winner is announced at the live BBC Sports Personality of the Year show on Thursday 22 December, they will be joining a strong list of sporting greats that have had their names etched on the trophy since its inception in 2001. The previous winners include tennis ace Andy Murray, Premier League stars Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott, as well as World Champions Tom Daley and Eleanor Simmonds.

The award is made to the outstanding young sportsperson of the year, who is aged 16 or under on 1 January 2011, selected from nominations made to the BBC and by sports governing bodies via the Youth Sport Trust.

To nominate a young sports star for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year you can download a nomination form and see full terms and conditions for the award at bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality.

A panel of judges will select a shortlist of 10 from the nominations received. Then they will meet again to select the final three who will be invited to attend the live BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011 show. The winner will be announced live on air at the prestigious event at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays.

Completed forms can be returned via email or post, and must be received by Monday 14 November, 2011.

Either attach your completed form and email to sports.personality@bbc.co.uk or post to Tom Butt, SPOTY 2011, Third Floor, Quay House, Media City UK, Salford, M50 2QH or email to Lucy Mella, Programme Officer, Youth Sport Trust – lucy.mella@youthsporttrust.org.

The live BBC Sports Personality of the Year show takes place this year at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays on Thursday 22 December. The show will be presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey.

 

In addition to Young Sports Personality of the Year there will also be awards for:

 

BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Team of the Year

Coach of the Year

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year

Lifetime Achievement

Helen Rollason Award

BBC Sports Unsung Hero

For voting criteria on all the awards, further information and updates please visit bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality or follow @BBCSPOTY

Do you know a budding Wayne Rooney, Tom Daley or Andy Murray? The 2010 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year launches today (Tuesday 12 October), giving you the chance to nominate the best in young sporting talent in the UK.

The award is made to the outstanding young sports person of the year, who is aged 16 or under on 1 January 2010, selected from nominations made to the BBC and by sports governing bodies via the Youth Sport Trust.

To nominate a young sports star, you can download a nomination form and full terms & conditions on the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year website. (For list of previous winners see Notes to editors). The site also features an interview with Tom Daley, winner of the award last year and in 2007.

A panel of judges will select a shortlist of 10 from the nominations received. Then they will meet again to select the final three, who will be invited to attend the live BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 show. 

The winner will be announced live on air at the prestigious event.

Completed forms can be returned via email or post and must be received by Monday 15 November 2010.

The live BBC Sports Personality of the Year show takes place this year at Birmingham’s LG Arena on Sunday 19 December.

The show will be presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey.

In addition to Young Sports Personality of the Year, there will also be awards for the following:

Sports Personality of the Year

Team of the Year 

Coach of the Year 

Overseas Sports Personality of the Year 

Lifetime Achievement 

Helen Rollason Award 

Sports Unsung Hero

For voting criteria on all the Awards, further information and updates please visit bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality.

The Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition, will be broadcast live for the first time in high definition on the BBC HD channel (Saturday 28 August, kick off 2.30pm, BBC HD & BBC One).

Challenge Cup holders Warrington Wolves will take on Super league champions Leeds Rhinos in the Wembley showpiece final with the match being simulcast live on BBC One, BBC HD and streamed live on the BBC Sport website.

Clare Balding will present BBC’s TV coverage alongside studio guests Brian Noble and Justin Morgan, with in-game commentary coming from Dave Woods and Jonathan Davies. The pitchside reporting team will include Tanya Arnold, Damien Johnson and Robbie Paul.

Carl Hicks, BBC Sport Editor, says: “The Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Warrington will be an epic contest featuring two giants of the game and with the final being shown live in HD for the first time on the BBC, viewers around the country will be able to see Rugby League in its finest glory.

“The Challenge Cup Final is one of the crown jewels in the BBC Sport schedule and we will be covering the match comprehensively across all of our platforms with over a million fans tuning in to one of sport’s must see events in the calendar.”

Pre-match coverage of the Cup final will start at 1.30pm via the BBC Red Button with the full programme coming live from Wembley at 2.10pm on BBC One and BBC HD. Post-match will see the popular Rugby League forum being aired for 30 minutes via BBC Red Button.

BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will also carry extensive coverage from the final, including live commentary from Wembley and a full Challenge Cup Final preview broadcast live on 5 Live on Friday 27 August from 7pm.

BBC Scotland will broadcast full live coverage of all four away fixtures in Scotland’s campaign to qualify for the European Championships.

First up is Craig Levein’s debut as coach for a Scotland competitive fixture – the opening qualifier on 3 September in Lithuania.

The match at the Darius Girenas Stadium, in Kaunas, will be broadcast live on BBC One Scotland – kick-off is at 7.15pm.

BBC Scotland will also bring live coverage as the national side attempts to pick up valuable points on their travels to the Czech Republic on 8 October, to Liechtenstein on 8 October 2011 and to Spain, reigning World and European champions, four days later.

The broadcaster also announced today renewed contracts with the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to provide live radio commentary of Scottish Cup matches and Scotland’s home internationals for the next four years.

The radio contract complements the recently announced agreement with the SFA to screen a minimum of five live Scottish Cup games, including the final, and highlights of all home internationals.

BBC Scotland has also renewed for a further three years its agreement to screen live four Co-operative Insurance Cup matches, including the final.

Ewan Angus, Head of Sport, BBC Scotland, said: “We are delighted we will be able to show our audiences full live coverage of all the away games in the national team’s campaign.

“Securing the rights for these vital fixtures together with the home international and domestic cup contracts underline our commitment to being a broadcaster of live football.”

This summer BBC Sport Northern Ireland showcases the cream of the world’s young footballing talent, bringing multi-platform coverage of the International Milk Cup tournament to a world-wide audience.

As BBC Sport NI enters its sixth year as host broadcaster it remains dedicated to delivering quality coverage as seen in previous years.

With 54 teams from five continents competing, the tournament culminates in a live broadcast from the Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday 30 July. The games will be shown on BBC Two NI from 6pm until 10pm. Presented by Stephen Watson the programme will feature both the Elite and Premier section finals as well as highlights of the Junior final. Former Milk Cup player Jim Magilton among others will provide expert analysis while main commentary will come from Jackie Fullerton.

From Monday 26 July, digital viewers across the UK can press their red buttons to view highlights of the best of the day’s action, presented by Gavin Andrews. The finals will also be live behind the red button, and additional content will also be available including an introduction to the tournament and interviews with Northern Ireland goalkeeping legend Pat Jennings and former Chelsea star Ray Wilkins. This service is not available to Freeview viewers. The highlights round-up will be available to view online.

The Elite and Premier finals will also be streamed live on our dedicated website, bbc.co.uk/milkcup. The site also features an interactive map where fans can find information about competing teams and where they have travelled from to be here.

Visitors to the site will find video packages with all the goals, highlights and best action from each day. Fans can submit their own images to the online photo gallery along with their views and comments by emailing milkcup@bbc.co.uk. An extensive video library is available on the website with archive footage, goals, team features and background to the festival of football.

MOO TV is back capturing the views, thoughts and comments about the tournament throughout the week. Fans can access all this through BBC Sport Northern Ireland’s dedicated Milk Cup website. Since 2010 is a World Cup year, BBC Sport NI will endeavour to persuade the Milk Cup players to join cameramen dressed as cows to try to recreate famous World Cup goals, including Gerry Armstrong’s strike against the Spanish in 1982, Carlos Alberto’s wonder goal at the 1970 World cup in Mexico and Archie Gemmill’s mazy run and goal against Holland.

 

BBC Sport will bring the best of the action from the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona (27 July to 1 August) across TV, radio and online, including the BBC HD Channel. Britain’s finest athletes will battle it out with top talent from across Europe in this crucial stepping stone to London 2012.

World Champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis and World and Commonwealth Champion triple-jumper Phillips Idowu will be among Britain’s medal hopes, along with World Indoor Champion sprinter Dwain Chambers. Plus other medallists from last year’s World Championships, such as 1,500m runner Lisa Dobriskey and emerging stars 400m runner Martyn Rooney and 400m hurdler David Greene, are all in with good chances of a place on the podium.

John Inverdale presents the BBC’s coverage along with Jonathan Edwards. With them will be the expert analysis team of Michael Johnson, Colin Jackson and Denise Lewis, with commentary from Steve Cram, Brendan Foster and Paul Dickenson.

BBC Sport online will have live video and on-demand clips of the biggest events on the website for UK users, plus live text commentary, reports and photos on every day of action. There will also be interviews, blogs and tweets from the BBC’s Tom Fordyce, in the midst of the action at the Championships, all available at bbc.co.uk/athletics.

All live coverage will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio 5 Live has extensive coverage of the European Athletics Championships with nightly live coverage on 5 Live Sport and updates throughout the day on 5 Live. Vassos Alexander presents the live coverage from Barcelona with 5 Live’s athletics correspondent Mike Costello heading up the commentary team, with expert analysis from British Olympians and European medallists Steve Backley, Darren Campbell, Allison Curbishley and trackside reporter Katharine Merry.

Following on from the European Championships BBC Sport will also be bringing all the action from the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on 13 and 14 August. The BBC has covered this prestigious event for many years, and now continues to broadcast it as one of the IAAF Diamond League events. BBC Sport signed a new deal earlier this year to broadcast the whole of the IAAF Diamond League through to 2014, demonstrating a continuing commitment to athletics through to London 2012 and beyond.

 

BBC Sport brings live and exclusive coverage of the 150th anniversary of The Open Championship from St Andrews. The event commences on Thursday 15 July, with all the action available for the first time in HD.

The BBC’s coverage is presented by Hazel Irvine, with the expert commentary and analysis team of Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Sam Torrance, Mark James, Wayne Grady and Andrew Cotter.

New this year, Jean Van de Velde joins the on-course team of Maureen Madill and Philip Parkin with reporters Dan Walker, Shane O’Donaghue and Russell Fuller.

BBC coverage begins on Wednesday 14 July at 7pm on BBC Two, with a one-hour highlights programme of The Open Champions Challenge.

This special event celebrates the 150th anniversary of The Open and will feature legendary past winners including Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Lee Trevino. Coverage of The Champions Challenge is also available on the Red Button from 3.30–6pm. (see Notes to Editors below for full schedule).

Over 40 hours of coverage will be broadcast over the four-day competition on BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC HD Channel, starting at 9am on Thursday 15 July. There will be approximately 40 hours of content available on the Red Button.

BBC Sport Online will also carry live streaming of the network feed (UK users only), along with rolling highlights, live leaderboard, live text commentary and video clips of the best bits of action.

There will be blogs and tweets from web, TV & radio reporters, all the latest reports and photos with opportunities to interact and get involved.

BBC Red Button will broadcast comprehensive coverage on each day of The Open (see Notes to Editors for full details); Freeview viewers will be able to access live video with leaderboard; satellite and cable viewers will also be able to select a three-hole option where you can see play through the 9th, 10th and 11th holes only; plus a daily 30-minute highlights package and live play outside of network coverage at the weekend.

All live coverage will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio 5 Live has extensive coverage of The Open Championship 2010.

John Inverdale presents live from St Andrews daily, from 10am, on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 July and 12pm on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July. Radio 5 Live’s golf correspondent, Iain Carter, heads up the commentary team with John Murray, Clare Balding, Alistair Bruce Ball and Conor McNamara.

Former Scottish Ryder Cup player and captain, Bernard Gallacher, provides expert analysis, alongside European tour player and leading coach Mark Roe and former PGA and European tour player Jay Townsend.

Nicky Campbell will host 5 Live Breakfast, from 6-10am, live from St Andrews on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 July, with the early action from the course and all the latest national and international news.

Ahead of the opening day’s play, golf fanatic Chris Evans presents a special 5 Live Sport Open Preview programme, live from the famous Old Course Hotel at St Andrews, on Wednesday 14 July from 7-9pm.

Chris will be joined by special guests, including golf legend Gary Player and a live audience, to look forward to the championship and assess who’s best placed to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday evening.

 

BBC Sport will provide extensive coverage of this year’s Royal Ascot – the world’s most famous flat race meeting, where the pinnacles of sport and fashion coincide.

Exclusive, live action from the five day festival will commence on Tuesday 15 June at 1.45pm on BBC Two.

Lead presenter Clare Balding will be joined by former five-time British champion jockey, Willie Carson.

Commentary on the runners and riders will be delivered by Jim McGrath, with expert analysis from Ian Bartlett, and former champion jockey, Kevin Darley.

Roving reporter Rishi Persad will provide reports from around the course, while in the betting ring, John Parrott will be joined by the BBC’s betting expert, Gary Wiltshire, who will be on hand to give hints and tips on the market.

BBC presenter Suzi Perry and style writer James Sherwood assess each day’s fashions – with looking good being as important as picking the winner for many Ascot racegoers.

Television coverage will begin at 1.45pm on BBC Two on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesday’s coverage beginning at 2pm. Following each day’s terrestrial coverage viewers can catch the last race live on the BBC Red Button. Coverage on Saturday 19 June begins at 2.20pm on BBC Two.

UK users of the BBC Sport website will also be able to watch all the big races of the festival at bbc.co.uk/racing. In addition, there will be daily photo galleries of the racing action and fashions, live updates, plus contributions from BBC pundits.

BBC Radio 5 Live’s Cornelius Lysaght brings coverage of all five days of Royal Ascot, with all the latest racing news throughout the week and there will be live commentary on the key races each day. Commentary is from John Hunt with updates from Luke Harvey on 5 Live Breakfast.

 

BBC Sport will provide viewers with live and comprehensive coverage of the 2010 Derby which will take place at Epsom racecourse 4-5 June 2010.

Clare Balding will lead the BBC’s coverage of this prestigious meeting in the racing calendar. She will be joined by expert analyst and four-time Derby winner, Willie Carson.

Commentary on the runners and riders will come from a team headed up by Jim McGrath, expert analysis by Ian Bartlett and former champion jockey Kevin Darley.

Roving reporter Rishi Persad will be on hand with interviews from those connected with the runners in the big race, while Suzi Perry will be out and about around Epsom getting a flavour of the atmosphere on this special day. In the betting ring all of the latest news will be brought by John Parrott and Gary Wiltshire.

For the first time in UK racing history steward’s inquiries will be broadcast live on the BBC from Epsom. The workings of the stewards’ room, which can affect the destiny of millions of punters’ pounds have been a closely guarded secret until now. Officials hope the trial will demystify this particular aspect of horse racing. Railcam will once again be in operation this year. This remote controlled camera will be mounted on a specially built rail, offering a unique view of the field as it rounds Tattenham Corner, one of the most important parts of the Derby.

Television coverage of the 2010 Derby Festival will commence on Friday 4 June at 1.30pm with The Oaks at 4.05pm on BBC Two. Coverage on Saturday 5 June will start at 1.15pm on BBC One, with the Derby due off at 4pm.

On Friday 4 June from 8pm on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport Eleanor Oldroyd will be joined by special guests including Cornelius Lysaght to look ahead to Saturday’s Epsom Derby in 5 Live Racing.

Then on Saturday 5 June Eleanor will be live from Epsom Downs racecourse on Radio 5 Live for the 232nd Derby. Eleanor is joined by 5 Live’s racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght, former Champion jockey Mick Fitzgerald and former Gold Cup-winning jockey Jason Weaver to give their expert analysis on proceedings. Helen Skelton will be out and about around the course to bring a taste of proceedings. John Hunt and Luke Harvey will have commentary of the big race at 4pm.

UK visitors to the BBC Sport website will also have access to live video coverage of all the Derby Festival races featured on BBC television at bbc.co.uk/racing, as well as previews and photos from the popular meeting.

Radio 5 Live racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght will be giving twitter updates from Epsom at twitter.com/CorneliusRacing, while BBC Sport website racing expert Frank Keogh will be tweeting with all the news, colour and gossip from around the course at twitter.com/HonestFrank.

A pinstickers’ guide to the big race, latest odds and all the reports and up-to-the-minute results will also be available on the website.

 

The BBC announced today that BBC Sports Personality Of The Year will return to Birmingham in 2010, taking place at the LG Arena Birmingham on Sunday 19 December. The event will be covered live on BBC One and 5 Live.

Last year over 10,000 people were able to view the show live in Sheffield, with tickets selling out in a few days. The move to the LG Arena in Birmingham, with its increased capacity, will allow even greater numbers to experience the unique atmosphere of the live event. Birmingham’s rich sporting heritage also makes it the perfect host city from which to celebrate what will be an amazing year of sport that includes the World Cup, Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey, Sports Personality Of The Year will this year be held on 19 December, a week later than the traditional date. It will also coincide with a great weekend of BBC programming to kick off the Christmas season.

Barbara Slater, Director of Sport, said: “It will be great to bring the event back to Birmingham and to be able to offer so many people the chance to be part of the celebrations. Sports Personality Of The Year is such a great platform to celebrate the very best in sport and this is a great sporting area of the UK. We’ve had such a good reception when we have been here before, and we’re delighted that two local past winners are able to join us today to help launch the event.”

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Mike Whitby, said: “We are delighted to welcome the national Sports Personality Of The Year awards back to Birmingham. We were the first city outside of the capital to host this prestigious awards ceremony and with around 10m people watching the awards it provides a great showcase for us.

Given that Birmingham has hosted more major sporting championships than any other European city, and will be welcoming the US and Jamaican Track and Field teams in 2012, it is fitting that these awards are returning to the UK’s sporting city.”

Programme, ticket and voting details will be announced nearer the time. Tickets for the Sports Personality Of The Year will go on sale from September from The Ticket Factory.

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