The awards season at the University of Birmingham is our opportunity to recognise all of the hard work that you put into sport throughout the year. Awards are split across two events: Sports Ball and Sports Awards Evening.
The awarding period of all awards is 1st June 2017 – 31st May 2018*. Please follow the below guidelines for all awards. If you are unsure about whether an individual is eligible for an award then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for nominations for all awards is: 5pm on Sunday 22rd April 2018.
Awards are decided upon based on the given criteria and decided by a panel including the Guild’s Sports Officer, Club Development, Performance Centre and the Director of Sport.
You can nominate the same club/society/individual for more than one category but please submit a separate nomination form for each award and each individual.
Your nomination form might provide the only information that we have to decide on who is the most deserving of the award so please ensure that you provide as much information as possible, making particular reference to facts, evidence, statistics and quotes.
You also have the opportunity to provide additional items, such as photos, videos or documents that support your nomination.
Introduced in 2012, this award should celebrate something truly different, something that has really made your sports club stand out this year. The event should have also impacted on UBSport in some way. This could include, but is not limited to:
• Developing a new pathway to encourage participation in sport
• Working with the local community/charities to achieve benefits for others
• Exploring ways to engage hard-to-reach groups of students
• Running a new innovative volunteering programme
• Running an outstanding event
• Implementing a new scheme that has greatly improved performance in competitions
Your nomination can only be for a first time occurrence/development or a significant change to something that already exists. Your nomination must demonstrate the benefit to your club/UBSport in terms of development, participation, performance and/or leadership.
Awarded to the club that has shown the most development within the year. Nominees should have excellent finances and have fully engaged with the Club Development Plans and then have demonstrated development in at least three of the noted areas:
• Successful recruitment of club members
• Exploring innovative ways to work with the local community/charities
• Engagement in volunteering, through PasSPORT or otherwise
• Assisting other club development/sharing best practice
• Exploring innovative ways to develop their club
• Hosting UBSport events
• Gaining NGB recognition/kite marks
This award is for outstanding contribution towards UBSport. The contribution can be towards any area of UBSport and should not be limited to club activity. Please list any significant achievements by the individual or ways in which they have contributed towards the improvement of UBSport, listing all instances where they have gone beyond the call of duty.
Previous recipients have included:
• Steve Johnson: Steve sat on the Fencing committee over a number of years and was instrumental in running their inter-University competitions during this time. He also represented his sport as a student chair on BUCS Advisory Committee for Archery for several years and ran BUCS indoor Championships in the process.
• Joan Whitehouse: Joan is a volunteer coach to the fencing club, and a constant source of support, encouragement and advice to the student club officers. She represents fencing on the Regional Governing Bodies Forum as a volunteer amongst a mainly paid workforce, and always supports the fencing interests of the University at regional & national levels.
The student leadership award recognises outstanding leadership qualities amongst our students. Nominees must demonstrate excellent organisation; a passion to develop sport; an ability to inspire other people and conscientious approach to developing UBSport.
**In a change to previous years only one award will be made, rather than recognising up to 5 individuals.**
Previous recipients have included:
• Natalie Caughtry: Her drive and enthusiasm in leading the Gymnastics and Trampolining club led to one of their most successful years to date. Having decided not to split the club into their respective disciplines, Natalie’s organisation of other committee members led to great communication and understanding of shared goals and strengths.
• Pandora Lefroy: Worked with UBSport staff members to ensure that the first ever Hockey club vs Intramural league was a huge success as well as utilising her organisational skills for the Hockey club for fixtures and training.
Club Colours non-performance-based and awarded to individuals based on a member’s contribution beyond their established role. Nomination forms must demonstrate how the individuals have gone beyond their current role, with suggested areas below. Please note Club Colours are only awarded once.
• Instrumental in the day to day running of the club
• Contribution to the club’s development
• Involved with fundraising and/or attracting sponsorship for the club
• Promoting the club and its activities
• Instrumental in implementing UBS policies and encouraging good practice (e.g. in health & safety)
A successful nominee will have achieved competitive success throughout their club. Please note the achievements of the whole club in both BUCS and non-BUCS events, showing detail of consistent performance to a high standard.
• Strong BUCS performance or non-BUCS performance that raises the club’s profile
• Strength-in-depth within the club
• Have made use of Hi-Performance Centre and their services
This must be either the club’s first team or highest ranked team. Specify the achievements of the team during the year and include any individual achievements who were members of that team e.g. selection for World University Games, Home Nations. Team performance can be in BUCS or non-BUCS competition.
• BUCS team finalists/ number of individual finalists
• Number of club members selected to represent at international competition
• Development as a performance team/ sustaining champion status
• Please indicate club’s results from previous years where these consolidate the club’s achievement.
Awarded to a volunteer who is regarded as having made the most outstanding contribution to club sport through their role as a coach. This may be evidenced through performance, progression and/or commitment:
• Dedicates more than 2 hours per week to coach
• Chooses to coach the club out of good will, without a wage
• Excellent performance by club in competition
• Development of the club
For the person, student or non-student who is regarded as having made the most outstanding contribution to club sport through their role as a coach. This may be evidenced through performance, progression and/or commitment:
• Works with the club committee to direct the development of the club
• Assists club member’s personal development
• Contributes to the club’s and/or individuals’ excellent performance in competition
An award based on the individual’s level of performance. Candidates must meet at least one of the below:
• Has been awarded a BUCS* Individual medal
• Has been awarded a BUCS* team Championship (i.e. not Trophy or Shield) gold medal
* A non-BUCS equivalent at the highest level is also accepted, e.g. senior-level representation
If there is any confusion as to which representative award an individual is eligible for then please contact email@example.com detailing all of the achievements made by the individual. Nominations go to a panel to be considered – you should not presume an award will be made based on submission of the form. Please note Half Blues are only awarded once.
An award based on the individual’s level of performance. Candidates should have competed in BUCS competitions where possible and must meet at least one of the below:
• Has competed internationally for/whilst studying at the University of Birmingham
• Has made an outstanding contribution to HE Sport on an international level
International representation refers to full representation – being involved in a tour squad will not be accepted. Nominations go to a panel to be considered – you should not presume an award will be made based on submission of the form. Please note Full Blues are only awarded once.
If there is any confusion as to which representative award an individual is eligible for then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org detailing all of the achievements made by the individual.
The highest individual accolade awarded by University of Birmingham in recognition of the very highest sporting level. The individual must:
• Hold GB/National Ranking or equivalent
• Be a student at the University of Birmingham undergoing at least 60 credits