A 400-year-old sporting tradition suffered a blow in 2017 when the Cotswold Olimpicks failed to be held.

But the setback was temporary. The annual event was relaunched and rebranded for 2018 and was a huge success.

Held at Dover's Hill, just outside Chipping Campden, the games were first organised in 1612 and were the forerunner of the British Olympics movement.

They include colorful events such as the shin-kicking world championships and tossing the caber.

Kelly Duggan thinks the Olimpicks should win our Pride of the Cotswolds Community Project of the Year award.

In her nomination she says: "The event is all about community. It brings townsfolk and villagers together for a good old-fashioned knees-up, and celebrates that very community spirit that started it 400 years ago.

"Better yet, it attracts people from much farther afield too, increasing revenue to the town.

"As a forerunner to the modern Olympics, the Cotswold Olimpick Games are an important part of British sporting history – even global sporting history – and thus their existence in this modern age should be celebrated."

The Pride of the Cotswold Awards, supported by Ecotricity, aim to honour those whose contribution to their employer, charity or community makes them truly exceptional.

In doing so we will celebrate the Cotswolds too: this amazing, beautiful part of the world filled with such outstanding individuals and organisations.

Our awards have an array of categories designed to recognise a wide range of achievement and contribution.

We welcome nominations from anyone, and for any individual or organisation based within the Cotswolds area served by the Stroud News and Journal, the Gloucestershire Gazette series and the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard.

The awards will be presented in a glitzy ceremony at the New Lawn stadium, home of Forest Green Rovers Football Club, Nailsworth, on September 20.

Supplements in the paper and coverage on our website and social media will list which awards are up for grabs, and which are finally shortlisted.

Our independent judging panel will sift through your nominations and identify those with the qualities they feel best match the award category criteria. They will make their decision based on the content of the nomination rather than the number of nominations received.

Join us in applauding those who help make the Cotswolds great.

To find out how to nominate someone today visit: