Awards

Awards

Each year various organisations provide awards to coaches and volunteers in recognition of their vital contribution to sport. This section explains the various opportunities available. 

Athletics NI Annual Awards

Each year Athletics NI host our annual awards to honour the often unsung heroes of our sport, the volunteers, officials and coaches who are tireless in their commitment and drive to see the sport of Athletics flourish in the province and further afield.

2016 Awards

The 2016 Athletics NI Annual Awards Ceremony will be held at the Titanic Belfast on Wednesday 25th January 2017 starting at 7pm.

These awards celebrate the often unsung heroes of Athletics in Northern Ireland - the volunteers, officials and coaches who put in a remarkable effort throughout the year to create the foundation on which our sport is built. Athletes breaking a Northern Ireland Record in 2015-16 and their coaches will also be recognised as well as the coaches of athletes selected for a major championship during the 2015-16 season.

Ten individual awards will be presented on the night based on evidence presented to the awards panel. Three awards will be presented based on data surrounding athlete performances, with the remaining seven based on the quality of evidence presented during the nomination procedure. Since awards are based on merit alone the number of times an individual or club is nominated has no bearing on the outcome.

This year’s awards will be presented across categories targeting coaches, clubs, volunteers and officials:

Awards for Coaches

  • Performance Coach of the Year
  • Disability Performance Coach of the Year
  • Junior Performance Coach of the Year
  • Development Coach of the Year
  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Sean Kyle Award for Services to Coaching

Awards for Clubs

  • Performance Club of the Year

Awards for Volunteers

  • Volunteer of the Year

Awards for Officials

  • Services to Officiating
  • Official of the Year

We will now look in more depth at each of the award categories, together with key evidence the judging panel will look for when making decisions.

Key Points to Consider

  • All nominations must be submitted through the online process HERE
  • An individual may be nominated in more than one category but a separate online nomination must be completed each time
  • Nominations should include evidence to support and illustrate the impact of the candidate in the category specified. The evidence should be supported with facts and figures where possible
  • The judging panel can only take into account information supplied on the nomination form
  • The number of times an individual or club is nominated has no bearing on the outcome. Decisions are made purely on merit based on the quality of information presented during the nomination process
  • Athletics NI Staff / Board members are not eligible for awards
  • The winners of the coaching awards will go forward to be nominated for the next Sport NI Awards
  • Nominations close Friday 2nd December 2016 at 11pm.

Awards for Coaches

These awards are for individual coaches who have shown outstanding commitment and effectiveness in a specific area or with a particular individual and/or group between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016. The winners of the coaching awards will go forward to be nominated for the next set of Sport NI annual awards.

The following 3 awards will be determined by the Awards Panel based on competition results and rankings. Nominations do not need to be made for these awards:

Performance Coach of the Year

This will be awarded to the coach of the athlete who has achieved the highest performance level in terms of world ranking and major championship positioning. Priority is given to medals at major championships over rankings.

Disability Performance Coach of the Year

This will be awarded to the coach of the disability athlete who has achieved the highest performance level in terms of world ranking and major championship positioning. Priority is given to medals at major championships over rankings.

Junior Performance Coach of the Year

This will be awarded to the coach of the U20 athlete who has achieved the highest performance level in terms of British / European ranking and major championship positioning in either disability or non-disability Athletics. Priority is given to medals at major championships over rankings.

The following 4 awards will be determined by the Awards Panel based on evidence collected from online nominations HERE: 

Development Coach of the Year

Awarded to a coach who has shown a commitment to long term athlete development and is focused on delivering a multi event approach for young athletes in line with the Athlete Development Model.

The judging panel will be looking for…

  • Evidence that the coach understands the need for sound physical and technical preparation
  • Evidence the coach demonstrate an athlete centred approach
  • Evidence the coach shows a commitment to their own personal development
  • Evidence the coach demonstrates the ability to learn from and share information with other coaches.

Young Coach of the Year

This award recognises the important work carried out by an up and coming coach through his or her coaching achievements to date and the impact they have made on the people they coach.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • A coach who is 25 years of age or under at the date of nomination.
  • Evidence of creativity and determination in their development as a coach.
  • Evidence of the provision of opportunities and dedicated support to athletes to help them reach their goals.
  • Examples of innovative practice

Community Coach of the Year

Awarded to a coach who provides opportunities to members of the community and athletes of all abilities to regularly participate in structured training sessions and competition.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Evidence of the impact the coach has had on widening access to Athletics through high quality delivery
  • Evidence of working within a specific community, particularly with low participation groups

  • Examples of innovative practice.

Sean Kyle Award for Services to Coaching

This award recognises a significant contribution to coaching Athletics in Northern Ireland over a number of years.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Evidence that the individual has been actively involved in Athletics and coaching for a significant portion of their life
  • Evidence that the individual has coached at all levels of the pathway from junior to senior levels
  • Evidence that the individual has demonstrated the ability to share knowledge and support the next generation of coaches through informal mentoring.

Awards for Clubs

The following award will be determined by the Awards Panel based on evidence collected from online nominations HERE: 

Performance Club of the Year

This award recognises the junior or senior section of a club that has achieved the highest level of performance in club competition at national level. This may be across track and field, road running or cross country.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Evidence of success in major domestic or international competition
  • Evidence that the club has a well organised coaching structure that has evolved to meet the needs of their participants and athletes. 

Awards for Volunteers

The following award will be determined by the Awards Panel based on evidence collected from online nominations HERE

Volunteer of the Year

This award goes to an individual who has dedicated a significant amount of their time to the development of a successful club initiative or project/event which has furthered the development and raised the profile of Athletics in Northern Ireland during 2015-2016.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Evidence of the individual’s contribution to a club, project or programme
  • Evidence of more people engaging, enjoying and excelling in Athletics as a result of the volunteer’s input

  • Evidence of innovative practice and sustained opportunities as a result of the volunteers work
  • Evidence that the volunteers work has raised the profile of Athletics at a national, regional or local level. 


Awards for Officials

The following two awards will be determined by the Officials Committee. Nominations do not need to be made for these awards:

Services to officiating

This award recognises a significant contribution to officiating and the development of officiating in Northern Ireland over a number of years.

Official of Year

This award goes to the official who has made a significant contribution officiating / the development and deployment of officials during the 2014/2015 season. The winner of this award will likely have officiated at all levels of competition and will have demonstrated the ability to share knowledge and support the next generation of officials through informal mentoring.

How to submit a nomination 

All nominations must be submitted through the online process HERE

Nominations close Friday 2nd December 2016 at 11pm.

 

2015 Awards

On Wednesday 20 January Athletics Northern Ireland hosted the 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony at the Ramada Plaza, Shaws Bridge. Full details can be found HERE.

 

Sport NI Coaching Awards

The annual Sport NI Coaching Awards highlight outstanding coaches and coaching projects which have made a big impact across a 12 months period. There are eight award categories, recognising achievement at all levels, from grassroots right through to high performance.

The eight standard award categories are:

  • Children’s Coach of the Year
  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Young Coach of the Year (Under 25 years of age)
  • Disability Coach of the Year
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year
  • Club Performance Coach of the Year
  • High Performance Coach of the Year
  • Coaching Project of the Year

The winners from each of the eight categories may then be nominated UK Coaching Awards, where they will compete against coaches from across the UK.

REACH Award for Female Coaching

In addition to the above, the Sport Northern Ireland REACH Award recognises the outstanding contribution of a female coach. Further information on the National REACH into Coaching Campaign can be found at www.reachintocoaching.co.uk. To be eligible for this award, a coach must be nominated in one of the eight standard categories for coaches, as outlined above.

How to nominate a coach for the NI Coaching Awards

Links to the online nomination forms and guidance document are available at the Sport NI website HERE. 2016 nominations closed on Friday 23rd September 2016 for all categories. Award winners will be announced by Sport NI after the event.