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Categories & Guidelines

Club of the Year

This club is Clubmark (e.g. GolfMark, Swim21, CAPS etc) accredited or has attained accreditation from its Clubmark certified licensing organisation (i.e. NGB, Active Sussex). It is able to demonstrate significant success in and out of competition through on-going development of participation within its community. It has sustainable education and community links and is a fully inclusive club that welcomes and caters for people from all backgrounds. This award is intended to honour clubs that are not of a professional status but who benefit the locality in an exceptional way.

Coach of the Year

The currently paid or volunteer coach who wins this award will be Level 2 qualified (or above) and can demonstrate a commitment to Continuous Professional Development. This person may mentor other coaches and be coaching in a community/education linked sports club(s) or as part of a NGB coaching framework.  Supporting evidence must demonstrate how the coach has made an impact on sport in Sussex in relation to the above criteria.  Please specify the nominee’s level of qualification and deployment in the supporting evidence.

Community Impact Award

This award will shine the spotlight on an exemplary project or initiative that has development through sport at its heart. By using the power of sport to target social, cultural or health inequalities it will have made a significant positive impact on those that it has engaged. Nominations can come from any organisation as long as the project or initiative is community based. The award winner will be able to evidence how their project or initiative addressed its outcomes, raised participation levels and broken down barriers.

Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

This high-performing disabled sports person can evidence an outstanding level of achievement over the last year either as an individual or as part of a team and is competing at a consistently high level in their chosen sport. Supporting evidence must clearly specify their achievement and give an indication of where the nominee is ranked in their sport if applicable. Information on the person’s character and any additional activity such as coaching and being an ambassador will be taken into account.

Outstanding Contribution to Sport

Honouring a current paid or recently retired professional who has made a major impact on the world of sport in Sussex during their lifetime (service of 25 years or over) which may also include having worked in a voluntary capacity. Evidence will demonstrate that this person has been a key “mover and shaker” over the years, driving change and influencing policy.  They will be well respected having mentored and supported colleagues over their career.  Evidence will demonstrate the extent of the nominee’s contribution including their recent commitment and dedication. This person will not have received this award or the previously titled ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ before. 

Primary School of the Year

This category will reward a primary school in Sussex that has successfully motivated all of their pupils to get active with an inspiring PE curriculum and diverse extracurricular programme. As well as giving pupils a wide range of opportunities, the school displayed their commitment to continual improvement by providing PE training opportunities for school staff. The winning school will be able to show the impact of what they have achieved, detail any innovative approaches to engaging the least active pupils and demonstrate how the profile of physical activity in the school has been raised.

Sports Personality of the Year

This prestigious award will be given to the sportsman or woman who has displayed an outstanding level of achievement over the last year either as an individual or as part of a team and is competing at a consistently high level in their chosen sport. Supporting evidence must clearly specify their level of achievement and give an indication of where the nominee is ranked in their sport. Non-playing coaches or management are not eligible. Information on the person’s character and any additional activity such as coaching and being an ambassador will be taken into account.

Team of the Year

Based in Sussex, the Team of the Year will be the one that has achieved the most notable performance within the context of their sport’s competition structure. Therefore, the winning team may not necessarily be competing at a national standard. Evidence will demonstrate how the team’s performance over the last year has contributed to notable achievements, whilst effort and cohesion can be distinguished from others in this category.

Unsung Hero Award

This prestigious honour goes to a current or recently retired volunteer who has contributed their time and talents for free to enable others to participate in sport in Sussex over a number of years. They could be from a National Governing Body, club, sports related organisation, facility or perhaps linked to education. This person will not have won this Sussex Sports Award in previous years.  Evidence will demonstrate the extent of the nominee’s contribution including their current commitment. Their character and determination will also be taken into account. Nominees in this category cannot also be nominated for Volunteer of the Year.

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year is not a coach and is unpaid. They are a volunteer who gives unconditional support to their sport or club, dedicating great time and effort, often ‘behind the scenes’. They may undertake one or several roles within an organisation and are crucial to the smooth running of that organisation. With devotion and professionalism, they do not seek reward but their efforts over the past year mean they are more than deserving of this accolade. Supporting evidence must make reference to the level of commitment given by this person in both quality and quantity.

Young Sports Personality of the Year
for a sportsperson aged under-25

This elite performer must have shown impressive achievement and improvement over the past year either as an individual or as part of a team. This young person is competing at a high level within their age group and/or in open competition. Supporting evidence must clearly specify their achievement and give an indication of where the nominee is ranked in their sport. Information on the person’s character and any additional activity such as coaching and being an ambassador will be taken into account.

Young Volunteer of the Year
for a volunteer aged under-25

The Young Volunteer of the Year is unpaid. They are a volunteer who gives unconditional support to their sport or club, dedicating great time and effort, often ‘behind the scenes’. They may undertake one or several roles within an organisation and are crucial to the smooth running of that organisation. With devotion and professionalism, they do not seek reward but their efforts over the past year mean they are more than deserving of this accolade. Supporting evidence must make reference to the level of commitment given by this person in both quality and quantity.

Nominations for the Sussex Sports Awards 2017 have now closed.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominations will be judged by a panel of judges. Each nomination will be scored on the how closely the nominee’s achievements over the past year where specified, meet or exceed the criteria for each award. It is therefore important that you provide as much detail in your nomination as possible.
  2. Nominations must be made with a supporting statement of up to 350 words, with key reasons for the nomination being detailed in line with the criteria. No additional supporting evidence will be accepted that is not contained on the nomination form.
  3. Entries received after 12pm (noon) on Friday 13 October 2017 will not be entered for judging, and it will not be possible to shortlist the nominee. Entries should be made online but can be emailed or sent by post. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent by Active Sussex.
  4. Nominees must be resident or actively involved in sports/physical activity development within the boundaries of East or West Sussex County Councils or Brighton & Hove City Council.
  5. Nominees must be within the specified age ranges on the 17 October 2017 as stated in the criteria for each relevant category.
  6. With the exception of the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award, nominations have to relate to a sport or multiple sports recognised by Sport England or be involved in a sports project for a sport or multiple sports recognised by Sport England.
  7. With the exception of the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award and the Unsung Hero, previous winners can be nominated but all nominees’ activities should relate to the past year (November 2016 – November 2017).
  8. Those making nominations must be 16 years or over on 17 October 2017.
  9. With the exception of Primary School of the Year, Community Impact Award and Club of the Year nominees cannot nominate themselves.
  10. No joint nominations for individual categories will be accepted.
  11. There is no limit to the number of nominations from an individual, club or organisation and individuals can be nominated in more than one category (unless stated otherwise). However, where there are multiple nominations for the same individual, club or organisation, the highest score will be counted.
  12. Nominations are actively encouraged from disability sports for all categories.
  13. The top three shortlisted nominees in each individual category will each receive a free ticket. Please make your nominee(s) aware of the event date in case they are shortlisted.
  14. The top three shortlisted nominees in the team, club categories, Community Impact and Primary School and young categories will be allocated free tickets to attend.
  15. By attending the awards ceremony, shortlisted nominees are agreeing for their image to be used in press and publicity features.
  16. The judging panel will consist of high level representatives across a variety of sport and physical activity settings and sponsors, who will use a scoring system to assess applications. The panel’s decision is final.