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BAGS Kennelhand of the Year - nominations sought


At the GBGB Greyhound of the Year Awards, human categories celebrated on the night will include recognition of 2017’s Kennelhand of the Year, sponsored by BAGS. The winner will receive a trophy, £500 and accommodation at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London. GBGB relies on owners, trainers and friends to nominate the person that they deem worthy of national recognition. GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird said:

“This is a highly prestigious award that celebrates the work done by people who are the backbone of our sport, working hard over long hours and caring for the canine athletes in their charge.  Anyone in the industry can forward their suggestions to us, not only owners and trainers, but we will need a few lines explanation as to why, in their opinion, the person nominated is worthy of winning this award.

Previous winners have been kennelhands who have shown exceptional dedication and commitment to the sport of greyhound racing and the greyhounds themselves.  We know that there are plenty of individuals out there too who have those qualities and we hope that they are recognised with a nomination.”

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, 2nd January 2018.

Email with the subject line ‘Kennelhand of the Year 2017’.  Please don’t forget to include your own contact details. A panel comprising a number of industry experts will meet to discuss the relative merits of each nomination.

This year’s awards will be held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London on Sunday 28th January 2018.

Tickets are priced at £95 per person and include a drinks reception, three course dinner, wine and entertainment until late.

Rooms are available at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge and are priced at £159.00 plus VAT per room, per night, for single occupancy.  (Double occupancy is an additional £10 per room, per night.) 

The above rates include a full English breakfast and WIFI.  (Please note that other offers may be available online.)

To make your hotel reservation via telephone, please call 0844 415 6780 and quote GREY180118.  For online bookings please visit

For further general information and ticket bookings, please contact the GBGB on 0207 822 0907 or email

(Pictured above - 2016 Kennelhand of the Year winner Angela Harrison receives her trophy from Scott Harvey of BAGS)