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The criteria for each of the categories at the Sussex Sports Awards 2019 is below. Please bear in mind that this is what the judges are looking for with each nomination.

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Active Primary School of the Year

This category will reward a primary school in Sussex for their exceptional provision of PE, sport and physical activity. They will be able to demonstrate how they have inspired and engaged ALL pupils to be physically active for 60 minutes every day, with a wide range of opportunities throughout the school day and how they have influenced increased physical activity outside of school. The school will have an outstanding PE curriculum that develops physical literacy and a diverse extracurricular programme, listing any innovative approaches to engage inactive or target groups. The school displays their commitment to continual improvement by providing PE training opportunities for all their staff to raise the quality of PE being delivered across school. In addition the school must be able to show how the profile of PE, sport and physical activity has been raised and contributed to whole school improvement. Schools will need to comment on how the Primary PE & Sport Premium is being used effectively and sustainably, whilst being able to evidence the impact of what they have achieved. Nominated schools must have an up to date PE & Sport Premium (18-19) report on the school website.

Club of the Year

This club has official accreditation from it’s National Governing Body (e.g. FA Charter Standard, Swim21 etc) or Clubmark. 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.

After shortlisting, the winner of this award is voted for by the public.

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/physical activity at its heart. By using the power of sport/physical activity 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 has broken down barriers specific to the audience it has engaged.

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. 

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, which can include coaching, 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.