Community Sports Awards 2017

Open For Nominations

Closing Date 22nd September 2017 5pm

The following categories are open for nominations:

Community Coach of the Year Award

This award recognises the achievements of a paid or unpaid coach who has made a significant impact on those they have coached and is committed to providing more opportunities for people to start, stay and succeed in sport.

The criteria are:

  • Nominee is a qualified coach (paid or unpaid) who has made a significant contribution to others through their coaching.
  • Are coaching a sport recognised by Sport England.
  • Contribution of coach to encourage more people to start, stay or succeed in sport and physical activity.
  • Widening access to sport and physical activity through high quality coaching and innovative practices.
  • An inspiration and positive role model for participants and their peers.
  • Amount of time committed to coaching per week.
  • Be qualified and committed to continued professional development.
  • Has built strong relationships and links with clubs, schools and/or other community organisations.
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others.

Download Community Coach of The Year Award Nomination Form


Community Club of the Year Award

This award recognises a community sports club that provides a high quality sports environment for its members. The club will have achieved this through supporting coaches and volunteers and developing the infrastructure of the club in order to benefit members.

The criteria are:

  • A club providing a sport/sports recognised by Sport England.
  • Committed to raising standards and have achieved (or at least be working towards) Clubmark or an equivalent quality mark or affiliation.
    Engaged with the local community.
  • Actively encouraging members to start, stay and succeed in sport.
  • Can demonstrate commitment to the development of the members of their club, including participants, coaches and volunteers.
  • Has built strong links with schools and other community organisations in order to engage with young people (if relevant i.e. the club has a junior section).
  • Developed an effective management structure.
  • Is committed to the long-term development of their club, for example, has put in place a club infrastructure which will sustain the club in the future, trying to ensure members can participate at good quality facilities etc.
  • Has widened access to their sport to include people who do not normally have the opportunity to take part / targeted work at engaging people from ‘hard to reach’ groups.
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others.

Download Club of the Year Award Nomination Form


Community Impact Award

This award recognises an innovative project which uses sport and physical activity to improve and enhance the quality of life of the people in Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent.

The criteria are:

  • A project that has made a significant contribution to overcoming barriers in the participation of sport and physical activity in the geographical area of Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Effectiveness at creating new opportunities for more people, particularly ‘hard to reach’ groups to start, stay or succeed in sport and physical activity.
  • Evidence of encouraging a community to lead more active and healthy lifestyles.
  • Evidence of how innovative ideas have been used to promote, develop or enhance participation in sport and physical activity.
  • Has built strong community relationships and links.
  • Dedication and commitment from those involved.
  • An inspiration and example of best practice for others.
  • Special qualities that set the project / team apart from others.

Download Community Impact Award Nomination Form


Community Sports Volunteer Of The Year Award

This award recognises those who give up their free time to encourage others to take part in sport. They will be a positive role model for other

The criteria are:

  • Nominee must be aged 16 or over on 30th September 2017
  • Are volunteering within an environment which provides a sport recognised by Sport England*
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership skills
  • An inspiration and positive role model for other people, acting in a responsible and professional manner.
  • Has demonstrated a significant contribution to sport in their community, contributing at minimum of 25 hours of volunteer time in during the eligibility period.
  • Commitment to improving the standard of their volunteering through undertaking courses, mentoring etc
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others for example encouraging more people to start, stay or succeed in sport and physical activity

Download Community Sports Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form


Aspiring Athlete of the Year Award

This award recognises a young person who has progressed and excelled in his/her sport and is a positive role model to others.

The criteria are:

  • Nominee must be under 18 years of age on 1st November 2017
  • A sports man or woman who has excelled in their chosen sport e.g. at regional, national or international level.
  • Progress against rankings and achievements made during the eligibility period (1st March 2016-31st August 2017) must be given
  • Has demonstrated considerable commitment
  • Is an inspiration and positive role model to others
  • Has used his/her achievements and experiences to make a positive impact on their community and /or club
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

Download Aspiring Athlete of the Year Award Nomination Form


The Power of Sport Award supported by BBC Radio Stoke

This award recognises an individual whose life has significantly changed and improved through adopting a more active lifestyle.  Being new to an active lifestyle in the past 18 months, the individual will be have made significant improvements to their life as a direct result of taking part in their chosen sport or activity/activities and may have also made a positive impact on the lives of others’ around them.  Improvements can be in their physical health, mental wellbeing, personal improvement, social development or any combination.
The criteria are:

  • Open to individuals of any age
  • They should be active in Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent
  • Must be new to the sport or activity/activities within the last 18 months leading up to August 2017
  • Their participation in the activity must be sustained, or they must have gone on to participate in other activities
  • They have started to take further positive action as a result of the initial impact (e.g. making other positive lifestyle/social changes, seeking personal development opportunities or employment etc.)
  • The individual is an inspiration/role model for other

Download The Power of Sport Award Nomination Form


Important Dates:

SASSOT Sports Awards Recognition Evening
Wednesday 8th November, 6-8pm
Staffordshire County Buildings