Award Categories

Award Criteria and Categories

This year there is no formal award ceremony and only 5 categories

Winners will automatically represent the Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Area at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards on 30th November 2016 at Villa Park, Birmingham.   

Nominations are only to be considered for sporting achievements between 1st September 2015 and 25 September 2016 unless stated otherwise.

Community Project of the Year

This award recognises an innovative project which uses sport and physical activity to improve health and enhance the quality of life of the people in Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire communities.  Examples of projects could include Sportivate projects or Community Games events etc.

The criteria are:

  • A project that has made a significant contribution to overcoming barriers in the participation of sport and physical activity in the geographical area of Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire.
  • Effectiveness at creating new opportunities for more people, particularly ‘hard to reach’ groups to start, stay or succeed in sport and physical activity.
  • 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.
  • Dedication and commitment from those involved.
  • Has built strong community relationships and links.
  • Special qualities that set the project / team apart from others.
  • An inspiration and example of best practice for others

Aspiring Talent

The Nominee MUST be 18 years old and under during the nomination period.

This award recognises a young person (including disability athletes/players) who has progressed and excelled in his/her sport and is a positive role model to others.

The criteria are:

  • Nominee must be under 18 years of age on 30th November 2016
  • They should be active in the Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire Area
  • A sports man or woman who has excelled in their chosen sport e.g at Regional, National or International level
  • Progress against rankings and achievements made during the eligibility period, 1st September 2015 to 25th September 2016
  • Has demonstrated considerable commitment
  • Is an inspiration and positive role model to others
  • Has used his/her achievements and experiences to make a positive impact on their community and/or club
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

Community Coach of the Year

This award recognises the achievements of a paid or unpaid coach who has made a significant impact on those they have coached and is committed to providing more opportunities for people to start, stay and succeed in sport.

The criteria are:

  • Nominee is a qualified coach (paid or unpaid) who has made a significant contribution to others through their coaching.
  • Are coaching a sport recognised by Sport England.
  • Contribution of the coach to encourage more people to start, stay or succeed in sport and physical activity.
  • Widening access to sport and physical activity through high quality coaching and innovative practices.
  • An inspiration and positive role model for participants and their peers.
  • Amount of time committed to coaching per week.
  • Be qualified and committed to continued professional development.
  • Has built strong relationships and links with clubs, schools and/or other community organisations.
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others.

Community Club of the Year

This award recognises a community sports club that provides a high quality sports environment for its members. The club will have achieved this through supporting coaches and volunteers and developing the infrastructure of the club in order to benefit members and future generations.

The criteria are:

  • A club providing a sport/sports recognised by Sport England
  • Committed to raising standards and have achieved (or at least be working towards) Clubmark or an equivalent quality mark or affiliation
  • Engaged with the local community
  • Actively encouraging members to start, stay and succeed in sport
  • Can demonstrate commitment to the development of the members of their club, including participants, coaches and volunteers
  • Has built strong links with schools and other community organisations in order to engage with young people.
  • Developed an effective management structure
  • Is committed to the long-term development of their club, for example, has put in place a club infrastructure which will sustain the club in the future, trying to ensure members can participate at good quality facilities etc.
  • Has widened access to their sport to include people who do not normally have the opportunity to take part/targeted work at engaging people from ‘hard to reach’ groups.
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

Power of Sport

This award recognises an individual whose life has significantly changes and improved through adopting a more active lifestyle.  Being new to an active lifestyle in the past 18 months, the individual will have made significant improvements to their life as a direct result of taking part in their chosen sport or activity/activities and may have also made a positive impact on the lives of others’ around them.  Improvements can be in their physical health, mental wellbeing, personal improvement, social development or any combination.

  • Open to individuals of any age
  • they should be active in the Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire area
  • Must be new to the sport or activity/activities within the last 18 months leading up to September 2016
  • Their participation in the activity must be sustained, or they must have gone on to participate in other activities
  • They have started to take further positive action as a result of the initial impact (e.g making other positive lifestyle/social changes, seeking personal development opportunities or employment etc)
  • The individual is an inspiration/role model for others.