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.

2018 Awards

Athletics Northern Ireland have launched their 2018 Awards which will run alongside a Commonwealth Games Celebration and the Annual Coaching Conference on 28th-29th September.

Coach Development Lead Laura Kerr explained; “On the 28th September 2018, Athletics Northern Ireland will host a Commonwealth Games Celebration in conjunction with our Annual Awards. Taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Belfast, the evening will honour our 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games athletes and their coaches. Athletics Northern Ireland are tremendously proud of the performances our Senior and Youth Athletes have produced in the past 12 months and recognise the valuable contribution of coaches in preparation and planning. Athletics in Northern Ireland is currently thriving and we believe our current athletes and coaches play a valuable role in inspiring the nation.”

The awards will also celebrate the often unsung heroes of Athletics in Northern Ireland - the coaches, volunteers and officials who put in a remarkable effort throughout the year. Athletics NI invite online nominations from parents, athletes, clubs and community groups who wish to recognise the valuable contribution of a coach, official or volunteer in the following categories.

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
  • Junior Disability Coach of the Year
  • Development Coach of the Year
  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Participation/ Community Coach of the Year

Awards for Clubs

  • Performance Club of the Year

Awards for Volunteers

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year

Awards for Officials

  • 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
  • Please note that nominations will only be accepted if for a Qualified Coach, and if the Member is from an affiliated club.
  • Nominations close Friday 31st August 2018 at 5pm.

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 in the 2017-2018 year (beginning September 2017). The winners of the coaching awards will go forward to be nominated for the next set of Sport NI annual awards.

The following 4 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

Junior Disability Performance Coach of the Year

This will be awarded to the coach of the U20 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.

The following 3 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.

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 2017-2018.

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. 


Young Volunteer of the Year

This award goes to an U25 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 2017-2018.

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

Official of Year

This award goes to the official who has made a significant contribution officiating / the development and deployment of officials during the 2017/2018 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 31st August 2018 at 5pm.