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The GBA Awards Categories and Criteria

The 8th GBA Awards are open for nominations now.

Please see the list of 12 Categories and Criteria of how the nominees will be assessed and shortlisted.

This year we've put a list of Tips for writing applications. Using tips is NOT obligatory but to help you make your application factual and easy to be assessed.

Sports Personality of the Year

This award recognises a sportsperson who has excelled in sports performances over the last 12 months. The person either lives(d)/trains(ed) in Berkshire or represents a Berkshire Team. 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 2020

Tips for nominating:

    1. Mention major sporting achievements indicating the year, the category and the location of the events/achievements.
    2. Any cases when the nominee was a guest speaker, give inspirational talk, positively influenced a Berkshire community?
    3. Please consider nominating in the Lifetime Achievement Award category in case the nominee has made a significant contribution to sport and physical activity over a period of many years (See Lifetime Achievement Award Category below).

Junior Sports Personality of the Year

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 2020

Tips for nominating:

    1. Mention major sporting achievements indicating a year, a category and a location of the events/achievements.
    2. Mention any good work / helping roles the individual may have.
    3. Mention any difficulties or adversity that they have had to overcome.

Lifetime Achievement Award

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 on 1 Jan 2020

Tips for nominating:

    1. Mention major sporting achievements indicating a year, a category and a location of the events/achievements.
    2. Mention the link to (the names of) any Berkshire community/clubs/events that the nominee set up or contribute to.
    3. The number is years in sport and physical activity involvement is important.
    4. Describe the difference they have made.

Active Workplace of the Year

Active Workplace of the Year

This award recognises an outstanding Berkshire workplace who demonstrates a positive approach to keeping their workforce physically active and leading healthy lifestyles. A workplace, or team/department within a workplace, of any size, are encouraged to make a nomination. 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. organising lunchtime walks, 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.

Tips for nominating:

    1. Outline any events/campaigns your organisation got involved with in 2019 indicating the number of employees that participated. For example, maybe you promoted 'Cycle to work' week or had a workplace wellbeing event?
    2. How has participation been encouraged/supported by the organisation?
    3. Outline any opportunities to keep healthy and active that are provided/promoted by the employer.
    4. Explain what difference this has made to employees.

Physical Activity for Health Award

This Award is focused on projects, programmes, campaigns or initiatives that help to raise awareness and enhance the impact of physical activity on promoting good health among Berkshire's population.

Criteria are:

  • A project, programme, campaign or initiatives that evidences a positive impact of physical activity on promoting good health among Berkshire's population
  • A projects, programmes, campaigns or initiatives that help to raise awareness and enhance the impact of physical activity on promoting good health among Berkshire's population. Whether targeted physiological health, mental wellbeing, health management or any of the wider outcomes supported by physical activity and sport.

Tips for nominating:

  1. Describe how your project, programme, campaign or initiative was inclusive of under-represented groups (e.g. disabled, women and girls, BAME communities).
  2. Mention wider partnerships formed to support the impact - for example where the health sector involved (e.g. public health).
  3. Mention the number of people benefiting and where they are from.
  4. Describe the impact of improvements in health and wellbeing.
  5. Describe if and how you got any previously inactive people active.

(Adult) Volunteer of the Year

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

Tips for nominating:

    1. Mention the names of the clubs/events that the nominee volunteered, contributed to in 2019.

Young Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises those young people up to 18 year old (by the end of the 2019) 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
  • Making a positive impact on others sporting experience
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others
  • Person will be under the age of 18 on 1st January 2020

Tips for nominating:

    1. Mention the names of the clubs/events that the nominee volunteered, contributed to in 2019.

Coach of the Year

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

Tips for nominating:

    1. The number of years in sport and physical activity involvement is important.
    2. Any numbers, any facts, any achievements please.
    3. How have they encouraged new/different people to take part in their sport or activity?

Community Club of the Year

This award recognises a community sport/activity club that provides a high quality sports environment for its members. Nominations are open to any grassroots club or group based in Berkshire. The criteria for this award are:

  • Engaging the local community
  • Evidence of a long term plan to develop the club or group. 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/physical activity
  • 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

Tips for nominating:

    1. Worth mentioning inclusivity, diversity in case they take place.
    2. Worth mentioning any contribution to the local community.
    3. Think of any evidence that the club contribute to either Physical Wellbeing, Mental Wellbeing, Individual Development, Social and Community Development, and Economic Development
    4. Please consider nominating in the Team performance of the Year category instead where your nomination is more based on a clubs/teams' sporting achievement / success.

Youth Engagement Project of the Year

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

Tips for nominating:

    1. Mention any strong community relationship links.
    2. Think of any evidence that the club contribute to either Physical Wellbeing, Mental Wellbeing, Individual Development, Social and Community Development, and Economic Development.
    3. Any numbers, any facts, names of particular events please.
    4. Show how this project is innovative.

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

Team Performance of the Year

This award recognises a sport/activity club that has excelled in sports performances over the last 12 months. The club/team should represent Berkshire. The criteria for this award are:

  • Examples of regional, national and/or international success over the last 12 months
  • Examples of being a positive role model to others
  • Contributing to the local community and 'giving something back to sport'
  • *The awards panel will shortlist the three strongest candidates, and it will then go to a public vote to decide the winner

Tips for nominating:

    1. Mention major sporting achievements indicating the year, the category and the location of the events/achievements
    2. Any evidence that the club/team positively influenced a Berkshire community?
    3. Please nominate to the Community Club category if the team is not competing in sporting completions.

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