AHEAD of the upcoming Bowls England Awards Ceremony in February, the shortlist for different categories have been released and one local has been nominated.

Matt Hamilton, the Outdoor Chairman at Ilminster BC, has been nominated for the Unsung Hero Award.

The award recognises someone who has contributed impressively to any area of voluntary activity to support the delivery of our sport over the last 12 months.

To cast your vote for Matt, you can visit: https://www.bowlsengland.com/awards-shortlist-unsung-hero

On Matt's nomination, Bowls England has said he is a "dedicated individual committed to the club’s growth and community engagement" at Ilminster BC.

"Matt’s proactive approach to membership growth is evident through the organisation of three annual outdoor open days and active participation in the 2023 Bowls’ Big Weekend event," the spokesperson added.

"Since May 2023, the club has welcomed 35 new members, achieving a remarkable 20% increase in women’s membership. Matt’s inclusive strategy extends to offering taster sessions with a 20% discount, promoting an open and welcoming environment for potential members."

Beyond membership initiatives, Matt plays a pivotal role in monthly fundraisers, demonstrating the club’s commitment to supporting various causes and charities.

And his outreach extends beyond Ilminster, as he generously aids neighbouring clubs in Taunton and Chard.