Nominations for the 2016 England Golf Awards are now underway and the search is on to find and recognise the unsung heroes who inspire others to take up and enjoy the sport.

England Golf is seeking nominations for its annual awards, to be presented at a national conference in April 2016, which will recognise, celebrate and reward those who have made outstanding contributions to golf.

The judging process will centre on how individuals and groups have contributed to England Golf ‘raising its game’ and building a brighter future for the sport, within golf clubs, schools, county golf partnerships, training schemes, national companies or other programmes.

The awards support the England Golf Strategic Plan, ‘Raising Our Game’, which aims to create more players, more club members, strong golf clubs, winning golfers, outstanding championships, an improved image for golf, and excellent governance.

Past winners include:

Jake Conroy of Little Hay, Hertfordshire, who has cerebral palsy and champions both junior and disability golf and spends much of his time volunteering.

Margaret Bedford of Strawberry Hill, Middlesex, who has transformed the junior section at her club and raised its profile in the local community.

Mark Rozenbroek of One Stop Golf, Hull, who has created the ‘ultimate golf gaming centre’ where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the game.

Gareth Snelgrove, a PGA coach of Hagley, Worcestershire, who has created a local pathway offering school pupils a fun taste of the game and follow up opportunities for coaching in the club’s junior academy and golf club membership.

Categories for the 2016 Awards are: Young Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Lifetime Service. Talent Pathway, Participation, Membership and Innovation.

For full details of categories and to make a nomination please click here. The closing date is Friday 27 November 2015. The awards will be presented at a national conference in April 2016.