WE are thrilled to announce that the Barnsley Chronicle will once again be hosting the Young Champions Awards for third consecutive year.

The Young Champions Awards celebrates and champions the success of the incredible young people of Barnsley.

The awards will reward our rising stars, aged up to 21, who are shining in the fields of care, fundraising, volunteering, sport and many more.

Last year, 12-year-old Alice Jepson was named Young Fundraiser of the year after she made and sold key rings to raise money to buy Kindles for the ICU unit at Barnsley Hospital, who took care of her granddad before he died.

We heard about 15-year-old Harry West, who takes care of his mother who has physical issues and his younger brother who has arthritis and emotional difficulties. He was awarded for his efforts as a Young Carer and for implementing a carers’ policy across his school and all Outwood schools.

The young team of the year went to the Kexborough Chiefs who surprised a charity, The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation, with £700 after the team received a defibrillator and our Special Achievement award went to eight-year-old Riley

Jack Hall, who suffered a rare stroke aged six and was told he would not be allowed to play football again, but defied the odds and he is now playing again, after teaching himself.

These are just a handful of our winners, and applications are now open to find this year’s Young Champions contenders.

If you know any young superstars who are shining as an entrepreneur, excelling in music, volunteering, or groups that are achieving above and beyond in sports or entertainment, nominate them by completing an application form and we’ll take care of the rest.

The categories are as follows:

  • Young Fundraiser
  • Young Apprentice
  • Young Carer
  • Young Community Hero
  • Young Sportsperson
  • Young Musician
  • Young Team of the Year (sports)
  • Young Team of the Year (entertainment)
  • Young Team of the Year (community)
  • Young Volunteer
  • Student of the year
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Young Conquerer
  • Special Achievement

Chronicle editor Andrew Harrod said: “Young Champions allows us to showcase the fantastic achievements the young people of Barnsley have accomplished.

“We are always blown away by the amazing things the young people of Barnsley get up to and it’s great to recognise this.

“We look forward to receiving nominations and celebrating their achievements at a glitzy awards ceremony later in the year.”

If you have someone you would like to nominate, visit barnsleychronicle.com/young-champions

Alternatively email abk@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk or call Altine Bootha-King on 734715.