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About the awards

The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects and athletes. 

National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for projects and athletes across the UK. The Awards are a great way of celebrating the ordinary people doing extraordinary things with National Lottery funding. 

Now in their 15th year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects and athletes have made to people, places and communities all across the UK through the 535,000 grants awarded since 1994. 


Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said:


"For more than twenty years, National Lottery funding has helped support the successful careers of our sporting heroes - past and present, providing world-class training that has taken them to medal podiums across the globe. 


"I want to thank National Lottery players for supporting our elite athletes, who continue to inspire the nation. I urge everyone to get out there and vote for their favourite."

You can now vote for your favourite National Lottery-funded athlete, just click on one of the seven athletes above to discover the amazing finalists. The athlete who finishes in first place will receive a £5,000 cash prize to give to a National Lottery funded project of their choice. 

Voting is simple:

Online, just click on your favourite athlete above - there is a voting button on their page
Phone, just click on your favourite athlete above - there is a phone number on their page
Twitter, you can tweet the individual hashtags for your favourite athlete on Twitter - click on your chosen athlete above and you'll find the hashtag on their page

Voting closes on Friday 14th September at midnight. 

The public has already voted for their favourite National Lottery Funded projects - we are currently counting the votes and will announce the winners soon.