Guide to nominating

The supporting information for your nomination details the reasons for how your nominee meets the criteria for the award (maximum of 1,000 characters) and why they should win (maximum of 1,000 characters).

Click here, complete the form, and submit your nomination for the Volunteer Awards 2019.

Award categories

There are nine different awards up for grabs, each with specific criteria a nominee should meet – make sure you choose the award most suited to your nominee. Nominees don’t need to cover all the criteria, but extra credit will be given for work done around the points listed, within each category.

There are nine different awards up for grabs, each with specific criteria a nominee should meet – make sure you choose the award most suited to your nominee. Nominees don’t need to cover all the criteria, but extra credit will be given for work done around the points listed, within each category.

Please note only one nomination will be put forward to our panels for each nominee. Multiple nominations will not be considered; it is advised that you work with other individuals to produce a single, high quality nomination.

Athletics or Running Club of the Year

Recognising both the achievements of a club, as well as demonstrating ongoing commitment and passion through the opportunities they have given to everyone involved in the club over the last 12 months.

Nominated clubs must be affiliated to England Athletics.

If you wish to nominate a RunTogether Group, please see the RunTogether Group of the Year award.

Location and local factors, as well as the size of the club, will be considered when giving credit for the scale of the club’s achievements.

  • Creating strong partnerships to increase participation and support the development of the club
  • Adopting a pro-active approach to the recruitment and retention of volunteers, as well as providing a friendly and supportive environment in which they can develop
  • Strong or improved club performances in leagues, championships and other club competition through the development of club athletes
  • Supporting and developing talented athletes and volunteers
  • 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)

Athletics Coach of the Year

Recognising an individual who has demonstrated their passion and commitment for coaching within athletics.

Nominated individuals must hold a current UKA Coaches licence of Athletics Coach, Coach in Running Fitness (or equivalent level and above).

If you wish to nominate an individual who holds an Assistant Coach qualification for their work as a volunteer in the sport, please see the Volunteer of the Year award.

  • Supporting and encouraging athletes to improve their performances and inspiring them to reach their goals
  • Works, grows and shares knowledge with other coaches
  • Delivers enjoyable, inclusive and athlete–centred coaching sessions which support the aspirations and goals of their athletes
  • Demonstrates personal growth, increased wellbeing or overcoming personal barriers through their volunteering
  • Credit will be given for 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)

Athletics Official of the Year

Recognising an enthusiastic official who makes a brilliant contribution to Athletics in their local area, club or region.

Nominated individuals must hold a current UKA Officials’ licence.

  • Makes an ongoing effort to provide officiating support to their local area
  • Positively supports and encourages other local officials, which could include active involvement in aiding officials’ development
  • Encourages new people to become involved in officiating
  • Demonstrates personal growth, increased wellbeing or overcoming personal barriers through their volunteering
  • Credit will also be given for active engagement with 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 or region.

  • Shows regular commitment to volunteering within the athletics and running Community
  • Adopts a pro-active approach to building their volunteer skills, demonstrating personal development through volunteering
  • Undertakes their volunteering roles with a positive and enthusiastic approach, reaching beyond their usual role to support their club or region
  • Shows good practice and/or innovative approaches to volunteering
  • Actively engages with under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups)
  • Where required, nominees must hold the relevant current licence for the activities they are involved in

Young Volunteer of the Year (14-25)

Recognising the efforts and achievement of a young volunteer (14-25) who is making significant contributions to their local club, area or region.

  • Shows regular commitment to their volunteering within the athletics and running Community
  • Adopts a pro-active approach to building their volunteer skills, which may or may not include undertaking qualifications, demonstrating an ongoing dedication to personal development through volunteering
  • Encourages and inspires other young volunteers
  • Supporting and developing talented athletes and volunteers
  • Achieves above and beyond what is expected of them in their current role, undertaking any tasks and new challenges with a positive and enthusiastic approach
  • Shows good practice and / or innovative approaches to volunteering
  • Actively engages with under-represented groups (which could include people with low incomes, BAME, women and individuals with a disability or within certain faith groups)
  • Where required, nominees must hold the relevant current licence for the activities they are involved in

RunTogether Group of the Year

Recognising a RunTogether Group that provides friendly, supportive and welcoming group running opportunities in their community.

RunTogether Groups must have at least one qualified and licensed run leader in Leadership in Running Fitness or any higher UKA Endurance related coaching qualification. Groups must be registered on the RunTogether website, with sessions live on the website and visible for runners to book onto.

  • Providing a friendly, supportive and welcoming environment for all runners
  • 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)

RunTogether Leader of the Year

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

Nominees must hold a current licence with a Leadership in Running Fitness or any higher UKA endurance related coach qualification and be part of an active RunTogether group. The group must be active on the RunTogether site, with live sessions visible for runners to book onto.

  • Providing a friendly, supportive and welcoming environment for all runners
  • Overcoming personal barriers and/or demonstrating personal growth through volunteering
  • Provides support, advice and guidance to other run leaders (either within existing group or through external mentoring relationships)
  • 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)

Inclusion Award

Recognising the exceptional and inclusive work done by an individual, club, group and/ or other community organisations to support the development of athletics / running by under-represented groups either on a local, regional or national level.

  • 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, disabled people or people 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
  • Shows good practice and/or innovative approaches to their activity

Services to Athletics or Running

Recognising long-term outstanding service to the sport from an individual or group of individuals.

Nominees should demonstrate a significant, sustainable impact on the shape of the sport in the local area or further afield.

This positive impact should be felt by organisations, participants and volunteers alike.

Credit will be given for an impact on disability athletics or running.

How to submit a strong nomination

Supplying a strong nomination gives your nominee the best possible opportunity for success. By following our top tips, you can make a more effective nomination for the person or organisation you wish to see recognised in our Regional and National Volunteer Awards 2019. Nominations close on 11 July 2019.

Please note – all awards at regional and national level are decided by judges considering a nomination for each candidate not by the number of nominations. Submitting multiple nominations will not strengthen a candidate’s chances of success, as it is likely only one nomination will be considered by the judges.

1. Work with others on a single nomination for each category

Do not submit multiple nominations for the same candidate. Candidates with multiple nominations have only one nomination considered. Work with others to complete a single, well completed nomination.

2. Check the basics

Clubs that are nominated for awards must be affiliated to England Athletics and all coaches and officials nominated for awards must hold a current UKA coaching or officials’ licence. All nominees in the RunTogether category must be qualified and licensed in Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) or a higher UKA endurance-related coach qualification and be part of an active RunTogether Group.

3. Read the criteria for each award carefully (see above)

This will help you identify what information you should mention in your nomination. Criteria for each award can be found in our Category Guide above.

4. Supply information to support the nomination

Write down all the information that you know that shows how the nominee matches as many of the criteria that gain credit in the appropriate category.

Remember they don’t need to have evidence of all the criteria but strong nominations show evidence of more than one criteria, and/or multiple examples of meeting a criteria.

Ask other people for any additional information that also supports the nomination so that this can all be included in a single nomination. Also find the contact details for your nominee.

5. Big up your nomination

Tell us how your nominee meets the criteria for the award (maximum of 1000 characters) and why they should win (maximum of 250 characters). Leave out information that is not relevant to the criteria.

What other information you need to nominate

When submitting a nomination you will be asked for some basic details about yourself, the nominator. You will then be asked for details about your nominee (coach / official / club / group / organisation) including their name, club or organisation, their region and which category you are nominating them for. It is also very helpful for us to have contact details for them.