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Lord-Lieutenant's award for young people

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Each year, the Lord-Lieutenant celebrates the achievements of young people in Leicester and Leicestershire. The 2016 Awards were made on 22nd April at a ceremony at County Hall. Nominations for the 2017 Awards will be sought in the Autumn, when details will be posted here.

2016 award ceremony

Want to see more? You can take a look at the photos taken at the 2016 awards ceremony.

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View video of the Awards

The Lord-Lieutenant’s award for young people focuses on five themes:

1. Stand up and be counted: Young Braveheart of the Year

This award is given to an individual who has:

  • overcome personal barriers to achieve success
  • made a stand against bullying, racism
  • demonstrated a life-saving act of bravery

2. Show that you care: Young Volunteer of the Year

This award is given to an individual who has:

  • enhanced their local community or environment
  • cared for a neighbour or relative in need
  • helped to run a community or sports based club or society

3. Push the boundaries: Young Most Improved Sports Person of the Year

This award is given to an individual who has:

  • made significant progress in the field of sport over the past 12 months
  • demonstrated promise, dedication and determination
  • exceeded expectations in their sporting performance or made a big difference to a team

4. Express yourself: Young Artist of the Year (The Joe Humphries Memorial Award)

Joe was a talented young person with a passion for the arts. Joe passed away unexpectedly in 2012 with SADS (Sudden Arrythymic Death Syndrome). You can read more on the Joe Humphries Memorial website.

This award is given to a young person who has demonstrated real skill, innovation, and expression in:

  • visual arts
  • expressive arts
  • literature
  • music

5. Show compassion for the fallen: Young Writer of the Year

During the four years of commemorating the centenary of the First World War this award carries a special category dedicated to that commemoration. A new theme is selected for each year, so please watch this space!


  • The award is open to young people aged 13-19 (on 31 January 2016) living or attending full-time education in Leicester or Leicestershire
  • The young person can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent/carer or any other agency
  • Joint or group nominations cannot be accepted

Nominators are asked to suggest an appropriate prize to the value of £500. The suggested prize should be beneficial to the nominee’s interest, studies or current or future employment.

Judging the award

A panel of judges, which will include young people and chaired by the Lord-Lieutenant, will consider all nominations meeting the criteria for the award.

The judges will shortlist three young finalists in each category of the award.

The finalists and their parents will be invited to our special ‘red carpet’ awards evening and dinner held in April each year and hosted by the Lord-Lieutenant.

The finalists will each receive a framed certificate acknowledging their personal achievement together with a prize.

Category winners will be announced ceremony - each winner receiving a prize to the value of £500.

The overall Lord-Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year also receives a special trophy.

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