Nominate now for our 2017 Volunteer Awards

Nominate now for our 2017 Volunteer Awards

It is now our 10th year of volunteer awards!  That’s 10 years of celebrating the outstanding contribution volunteers across England give to make our sport happen.  It’s now your opportunity to recognise the everyday hero in your club or group by nominating them for a Volunteer Award.  Go on, make someone’s day and let them know how much their support means to you and the sport.  We even have a few new categories this year!

The awards are supported by Track & Field Tours and Spirit of 2012.

How do I nominate?

It’s really simple to make your nomination, please complete the nomination form. But please make sure you have read the following information first.

  • Wednesday 7 June - Nominations open
  • Sunday 6 August - Nominations close
     

What happens next?

It gets really exciting! After nominations close, our panels will review and choose the winners across the 8 Regions and invite them to attend a special Regional Awards Celebration Ceremony between September and October. Then these winners will be entered to our National Awards, with the overall winners invited to the 2017 National Awards & Hall of Fame Ceremony to be held at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 14 October.

What we’re looking for: Criteria for Awards

  • The award nomination needs to be clear about why the volunteer or group meets the criteria of the award. The quality of the nomination is absolutely key – it is not decided by vote (in event of multiple nominations only one will be used so please work with others to make a nomination rather than making multiple nominations in the same category).
  • We’re not simply looking for how long someone has been volunteering or in their role; they might have only been volunteering a short time but have made a big impact. Focus your nomination on the impact.
  • The nomination must mainly focus on achievements within the past 12 months (other than for the services to athletics category).
  • Organisations are encouraged to nominate themselves.
  • To find out how to make a strong nomination download our Guide to making a nomination for more guidance and information (PDF-186k).
     

Award Categories

Please use the information below to guide you in writing your nomination. Nominees don’t need to cover all the criteria, but extra credit will be given for work done around the points listed below, within each category.

Club of the Year

Recognising both the achievements of a club, as well as demonstrating commitment and passion through the opportunities they have provided for their members over the past 12 months. Clubs must be affiliated to England Athletics. Location and local factors, as well as the size of club will be considered when giving credit for the scale of the club’s achievements.

  • Creating strong partnerships within their local community (for example Colleges, Universities, community groups) helping to increase participation and support the development of the club.
  • Pro-active approach to the recruitment of volunteers as well as providing a friendly & supportive environment for them to develop.
  • Strong or improved club performances in leagues, championships and other club competition through the development of club athletes.
  • Engaging with, and providing opportunities for under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups).
  • Supporting and developing talented athletes, coaches and volunteers.
     

Coach of the Year

Recognising an individual who has demonstrated their passion and commitment for coaching within Athletics/Running.  Coaches must hold a current UKA coaching licence.

  • Supporting and encouraging athletes to help improve their performance, and inspiring them to reach their goals.
  • Mentoring and supporting other coaches within their area or further afield.
  • Delivering fun, inclusive and athlete – centred coaching sessions which support the aspirations and goals of their athletes.
  • Overcoming personal barriers and/or demonstrating personal growth through volunteering.
  • Credit will also be given for involvement in work engaging with, and providing opportunities for under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups).
     

Official of the Year

Recognising an official who has made a brilliant contribution to Athletics/ Running within their local area, club or Region. All nominees must hold a UKA Officials’ licence. 

  • Regularly officiating in their local or wider area to a high standard.
  • Supporting and encouraging other officials in their area.
  • Undertaking officiating duties in an enthusiastic and positive manner.
  • Helping to encourage new officials to get involved in their area or further afield.
  • Overcoming personal barriers and/or demonstrating personal growth through volunteering.
  • Credit will also be given for involvement in work engaging with, and providing opportunities for under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups).
     

Volunteer of the Year

Recognising the efforts of a volunteer who is seen as invaluable within their club, local area/region.

  • Shows regular commitment to volunteering within an Athletics and/or Running environment.
  • Has developed personally since beginning to volunteer, with a pro-active approach to building their volunteer skills.
  • Undertakes any volunteering role with a positive and enthusiastic approach.
  • Goes above and above and beyond their usual volunteering role.
  • Actively engaging with under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups).
  • Overcoming personal barriers and/or demonstrating personal growth through volunteering.
     

Young Volunteer (14-25) of the Year

Recognising a young volunteer aged 14 – 25 who has made an exceptional contribution to Athletics and Running within their Region, Club, or Community Group.

  • Shows regular commitment to volunteering within an Athletics and/or Running environment.
  • Has developed personally since beginning to volunteer, with a pro-active approach to building their volunteer skills
  • Supports/ mentors other volunteers.
  • Goes above and beyond normal expectation in their volunteering role.
  • Involved in work to actively engage with under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups).
  • Approaches any volunteering role with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
     

Innovation Project of the Year

Recognising the exceptional and innovative work done by clubs and/ or other community organisations to support the development of Athletics/Running in their local community.

  • A project that has made a significant contribution to overcoming barriers to participation in Athletics and Running.
  • Using innovative ideas, to encourage more people in the community, particularly under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups) to become involved and stay involved in Athletics/ Running.
  • Dedication, passion and commitment from those involved in the project.
  • Developing and sustaining strong community links.
  • Delivery or development of community based activities.
     

RunTogether Group or Leader of the Year

Recognising a RunTogether Group or Leader who is successfully engaging a broad range of runners in friendly, supportive and welcoming group running opportunities in their community.

  • All nominees must be a qualified and licensed in Leadership in Running Fitness or any higher UKA endurance related coach qualification and be part of an active RunTogether group.
  • Providing a friendly, supportive and welcoming environment for all runners.
  • Registered on the RunTogether website and advertising their sessions on this platform.
  • Sessions are live on the website and visible for runners to book onto.
  • Overcoming personal barriers and/or demonstrating personal growth through volunteering.
  • Credit will also be given for involvement in work engaging with, and providing opportunities for under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups).
     

Services To Athletics

Recognising long-term, outstanding service to the sport from a club or community volunteer, coach, or official over a sustained period of time.

Nominations should clearly demonstrate that the nominee has made a significant impact on the shape of the sport in the region or further afield over a sustained period and what the impact volunteering has had on the individual. This includes nominees who have made significant contributions to disability athletics or who have adopted an inclusive approach to disability athletics.


The form to complete is at www.englandathletics.org/2017-volunteer-awards-nomination

 


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