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The Try Angle Awards

The Spirit of Try Angle Awards - Sunday 9 February 2020.

Following the final judging of the inspirational stories of the District Category winners, the final 24 Spirit Finalists and their guests, along with other invited guests and sponsors will celebrate at the 25th anniversary of Spirit of Try Angle County Final on Sunday 9 February 2020 at the Ashford International Hotel. The aspirational and amazing finalist’s stories will be read out, along with an afternoon of entertainment and celebration from 2:30pm to 6pm (press invited - please see contact details below).

The History of the Awards

Introduced in 1994 by Kent County Council Youth Worker Bill Butler to raise the profile of people aged 11 to 18 (or who have additional needs aged up to 25) in the community who really try, often with none or little recognition, to do their best. The Try Angle Awards commenced in Thanet and Dover firstly and spread quickly to cover Kent and Medway. Medway in recent years following structural changes no longer proceeds with awards. Kent continues with the help of sponsors and money from the Foundation and Kent Police. Other sponsors donate too on occasion, e.g. Kent Fire and Rescue, Rotary Clubs, Lions Club and so on. When funding was more, we ran local area events, this year for the 25th Anniversary we were fortunate to use Try Angle Foundation remaining funds to fund area events.

The Try Angle Awards recognise every nomination, every young person nominated is awarded a certificate, at District rounds all are awarded a certificate and award if District Category winner. The Spirit of Try Angle brings together the 24 finalists from those winners, so 3 finalists from each of the 8 categories. We are then proud to announce the young person or group who show the true ‘Spirit of Try Angle’ at the end of the County Final, afternoon.

All young people take part in arranging and organising local events, as per terms of the foundation with workers supporting and mentoring. The Spirit of Try Angle is organised for the winners, but the focus for the afternoon is on the finalists, the young hosts and entertainment. It is hoped this is more of a ‘treat or Oscars’ celebration for the young people and guests.

About Us and The Try Angle Foundation

Early Help and Preventative Services (EHPS) part of Integrated Children Services comprises a range of services that offer universal, additional, intensive and specialist support to children, young people and families. This support is offered in our open access Children’s Centres and Youth Hubs, our Early Help Units, Youth Justice Units, Pupil Referral Units, and Inclusion and Attendance services. We work in an integrated way with other children’s services teams in KCC and with partner organisations to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families in Kent.

We also host The Try Angle Awards and The Spirit of Try Angle Awards for young people. The Try Angle Awards is a registered charity no. 1098547 established in 1994, by a Youth Worker to celebrate the positive stories of young people across the 8 categories across the 12 Districts of Kent.

The Try Angle Awards - Nominations and Categories

Following the Try Angle Awards during the Summer of 2018, we received hundreds of nominations from across Kent. These nominations come from a variety of sources; youth groups, schools, academies, community organizations, parent, grandparents and friends.

We welcome nominations recognising the efforts and achievements of young people in our community across the nomination categories:

  • Arts - recognising personal achievement in the arts, in any form.
  • Music - recognising personal achievement in music in any form.
  • Sport or outdoor activities - recognising personal achievement in a sport or outdoor activity, demonstrating sportsmanship, fair play and commitment.
  • Community action - recognising the contribution made to the community or in such initiatives as school councils, youth forums, charities or environmental projects.
  • Good friends and young carers - recognising those who spend time being a good friend or carer to another in their family or the local community.
  • Personal development - recognising special achievement in education, training, or other activities not covered in other categories.
  • Courage - recognising acts of courage displayed in coping bravely with illness or other adversity.
  • Positive intervention - recognising an intervention where an individual or group has prevented harm, bullying, discrimination or damage.

All nominees receive a Try Angle certificate in recognition of their nomination. District Category winners (as per Appendix 1) receive a certificate and a trophy and the 24 Spirit finalists are invited to a celebration at the County Final.

The 24 Spirit of Try Angle Awards Finalists 2019 (PDF, 96.0 KB)

All details including District winners and the District information can be found on the Try Angle website

At the end of the afternoon the overall ‘The Spirit of Try Angle 2019’ winner will be announced by the Lord Lieutenant.

All Spirit finalists and their guests are invited.

Other guests expected are The Lord Lieutenant and Viscountess, The Lord Warden, The High Sheriff of Kent, KCC Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services Sue Chandler, Assistant Chief Constable Nicola Faulconbridge, Mr Matt Dunkley CBE, Corporate Director for CYPE, Mr Bill Butler Founder, KCC Members, and many more.

We are especially grateful to sponsors Kent Police and Canterbury and Blean Rotary Club for their generosity. The awards are funded by external sponsors and the Try Angle foundation, KCC provide staff time for event management.

Spirit Host and entertainment are Hannah (Your Host), supported by The Gr@nd GYG young people and Sapphire Dance School to provide the entertainment.

If you would like further information or any queries please contact Maria Kelly 03000 41 02 39 or EHPS BS Central 03000 42 14 06 or email

Contact Details

Maria Kelly
Telephone: 03000 41 02 39

EHPS BS Central
Telephone: 03000 42 14 06