This will be awarded to the outstanding young sportsperson aged 16 or under on 1 January 2010, selected from nominations made to the BBC and by sports governing bodies via the Youth Sport Trust.
People are eligible to win the award if they are the right age AND they are British, OR if they meet all three of the following criteria:
- They play a significant amount of their sport in the UK
- Their core achievements that year were achieved in the UK, and not with a national team
- They are residents in the UK
The closing date for nominations is Monday 15 November 2010.
The judging panel is chaired by BBC Sport's John Inverdale.
Also on the panel are Jake Humphrey (BBC Sport), Helen Skelton (Blue Peter presenter), Ore Oduba (Newsround/Sportsround presenter), Amy Spencer and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (former YSPOTY winners), two representatives from BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and two representatives from the Youth Sport Trust.
The Youth Sport Trust collects nominations along with the BBC
The panel will meet to choose the top 10 contenders on Friday 26 November 2010 from the list of nominations collected by the Youth Sport Trust and the BBC.
The panel will reconvene in early December to select the top three and the winner from the top 10 list.
The top three and the winner will be selected by secret ballot.
The top three will be invited to the live event and the other seven contenders will be notified out of courtesy that they have not made the final shortlist.
The winner will be announced live on BBC Sports Personality of the Year, on BBC ONE on Sunday 19 December 2010. The show will also be live on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website.
So if you know a budding Theo Walcott or Tom Daley, click on the link below and put them forward.