Volunteer Awards 2020

Nominations are now closed


Now’s your chance to nominate the unsung heroes at your club or group! Regional winners announced in September leading to National Volunteer Awards as part of the Hall of Fame Ceremony in October.

2020 is certainly a year we’ll remember for the devastating effects of the global pandemic on our lives, the sporting calendar and our communities.  We’ll also share a sense of pride in all the frontline workers who are continuing to help keep us safe during this difficult time. 

As your membership and development body, we have been working to help you stay active and keep connected to the athletics and running family while our clubs have had to shut their doors and competitions have been postponed.

Many of you have joined in with our Athletics and Running @home programme and helped share our first Home School Pack to help primary school aged children learn the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing with our funetics programme.

All of this wouldn’t have happened without your support and enthusiasm for sharing your love of our amazing sport.  Our Volunteer Awards this year will acknowledge this contribution with a new award category based on community support given through our Athletics and Running @home programme.  In addition, we will be recognising those volunteers, coaches, officials, RunTogether groups and long-term service by individuals who have helped make us proud since nominations closed in June last year for the 2019 awards.

2020 Volunteer Award Categories

There are nine different award categories for both the regional and the national awards:

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.

Coach of the Year: Recognising an individual who has demonstrated their passion and commitment for coaching within athletics and running.

Leader of the Year: Recognising an individual who has demonstrated their passion and commitment for leading within athletics and running.

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

Volunteer of the Year: Recognising the efforts of a volunteer who is seen as invaluable within their club, local area or region.

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

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

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

Athletics and Running @Home: Recognising an individual/club/ group of members who helped support their local community to stay active during the global pandemic.

Regional winners are put forward to an external panel for the chance to win one of our prestigious National Awards, with the overall winners announced at the 2020 National Volunteer Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony, held in October 2020.   

Have a look back at the winners of the 2019 National Volunteer Awards winners here.

How do I nominate?

Simply click on the links above to nominate by category, complete the form, and submit your nomination for the Volunteer Awards 2020. Remember these nominations cover the period 1 July 2019 – 28 June 2020.

You can nominate in more than one category: just fill out a separate nomination form for each category for which you wish to make a nomination. Multiple nominations should not be made for the same individual / group in the same category. Nominations close at 12pm 28 June 2020.

The Volunteer Awards 2020 are your chance to celebrate and recognise the unsung heroes amongst all of our volunteers in the athletics and running community – #BetterTogether.

Volunteering in our sport

Volunteering can be extremely rewarding – sharing your knowledge and passion with others to get more people into and enjoying our sport. If you’re inspired by the stories of our previous winners, and you’d like to get involved in volunteering in athletics and running, then click here to find out more about volunteering opportunities.