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The GBA Awards Categories and Criteria

Sports Personality of the Year- Sponsored by TechnoGym UK.

This award recognises a sportsperson who has excelled in sports performances over the last 12 months. The criteria for this award are:

  • Examples of regional, national and/or international success
  • Examples of being a positive role model to others
  • Contributing to the local community and 'giving something back to sport'
  • Person will be 18 years or older on 1st January 2018

Junior Sports Personality of the Year- Sponsored by Reading FC Community Trust

This award recognises a young sportsperson who has excelled in sports performances over the last 12 months. The criteria for this award are:

  • Examples of regional, national and/or international success
  • Evidence of hard-work and dedication to chosen sport/s
  • Examples of potential ability in chosen sport
  • Person will be under the age of 18 on 1st January 2019

Lifetime Achievement Award- Sponsored by Michael Burbridge Ltd.

This award will go to an individual who has made a significant contribution to sport and physical activity over a period of many years*. The criteria for this award are:

  • Unwavering dedication to their chosen sport, club or team
  • Recognisable differences made to the lives of others through persistent hard work and endeavor
  • Gone above and beyond the call of duty
  • A role model for others
  • Involvement in sport and/or physical activity over a number of years*
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others
  • *At least 40 years old

Active Workplace of the Year- Sponsored by Get Berkshire Active

This award recognises an outstanding employer who demonstrates a positive approach to keeping their workforce physically active and leading healthy lifestyles. The criteria for this award are:

  • Promoting the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Examples of action taken to encourage active lifestyles (e.g. installing bicycle racks, purchased table tennis table, installing showers)
  • Supporting local community sport and physical activity. This could be through sponsorship, donations, or volunteering your time
  • Celebrates creativity, engagement and impact in supporting a workforce whatever size to promote physical activity and sport
  • Use of physical activity programmes to encourage workplace health (e.g. Workplace Challenge, Step Jockey)

Physical Activity for Health Award- Sponsored by Places Leisure

The Physical Activity for Health Award highlights the greatest achievements in using physical activity to promote physical and mentalhealth well-being. The criteria for this award are:

  • Evidencing the positive impact on participants' health and well-being (either physical or mental health)
  • Demonstrating a wider impact that sport or physical activity has achieved, e.g. social cohesion, reducing obesity
  • Project/initiative must be original, innovative and show special qualities that sets it apart from other projects

Volunteer of the Year- Sponsored by Get Berkshire Active

This award recognises those who give up their free time to give others the opportunity to take part in sport/physical activity. All forms of volunteering are welcomed, from club secretaries and treasurers to grounds keepers and fundraisers. The criteria for this award are:

  • Committing a considerable amount of time to volunteering
  • Enhancing the opportunities for people to start, remain or succeed in sport and/or physical activity
  • Making a positive impact on others sporting experience
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

Coach of the Year- Sponsored by Field Seymour Parkes

This award recognises a coach who has made a significant impact on those they have coached, this includes both paid and unpaid coaches. The criteria for this award are:

  • Encouraging more people to start, remain or succeed in sport and physical activity
  • Inspiring others and being a positive role model to participants and their peers
  • Be qualified and committed to continued professional development
  • Enhancing the experience and enjoyment of participants
  • Widening access to sport and physical activity through high quality coaching and innovative practices
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

Community Club of the Year- sponsored by Berkshire's Unitary Authorities

This award recognises a community sport/activity club that provides a high quality sports environment for its members. The criteria for this award are:

  • Engaging the local community
  • Evidence of a long term plan to develop club. For example, putting in place a club infrastructure which will sustain the club in the future
  • Actively encouraging people to start and stay in sport
  • Widened the access to sport/physical activity to those people who would not take part in exercise regularly
  • Can demonstrate commitment to the development of the members of their club, including participants, coaches and volunteers
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others
  • *The awards panel will shortlist the three strongest candidates, and it will then go to a public vote to decide the winner

Youth Engagement Project of the Year- Sponsored by Get Berkshire Active

This award recognises an innovative project that has inspired young people to get more involved in sport, physical activity and healthy living. The criteria for this award are:

  • Successfully creating new opportunities for young people (under 25 years) to start, stay or succeed in sport
  • 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
  • Strong community relationship links
  • Positively influencing young people's lives through sport and physical activity

Active Primary School Award- Sponsored by Phoenix Sporting Goods

This award recognises a primary school in Berkshire which successfully creates an active culture for its students and/or staff. The criteria for this award are:

  • Inclusive approach to sport and physical activity, ensuring that all pupils, regardless of level of ability get the opportunity to be active on a regular basis
  • Offers a broad range of activities for pupils to try, giving them the opportunity to try and choose different things
  • Providing a range of inclusive activities beyond the curriculum
  • Making link with community groups and clubs in order to encourage participation beyond school
  • Encouraging active travel to and from school
  • Having a commitment to staff training so teachers and other staff are confident and knowledgeable in teaching PE or other physical activities
  • Utilised the school environment to keep pupils active throughout the day
  • Innovative approach to increasing activity levels in students
  • Uses sport and physical activity as a tool for whole school improvement
  • *The awards panel will shortlist the three strongest candidates, and it will then go to a public vote to decide the winner

Active Secondary School Award- Sponsored by Everyone Active

This award recognises a secondary school in Berkshire which successfully creates an active culture for its students and/or staff. The criteria for this award are:

  • Inclusive approach to sport and physical activity, ensuring that all pupils, regardless of level of ability get the opportunity to be active on a regular basis
  • Offers a broad range of activities for pupils to try, giving them the opportunity to try and choose different things
  • Providing a range of inclusive activities beyond the curriculum
  • Making link with community groups and clubs in order to encourage participation beyond school
  • Encouraging active travel to and from school
  • Having a commitment to staff training so teachers and other staff are confident and knowledgeable in teaching PE or other physical activities
  • Utilised the school environment to keep pupils active throughout the day
  • Innovative approach to increasing activity levels in students
  • Uses sport and physical activity as a tool for whole school improvement
  • *The awards panel will shortlist the three strongest candidates, and it will then go to a public vote to decide the winner

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