Norfolk Sports Awards
The Norfolk Sports Awards is the most esteemed event in Norfolk's sporting calendar.
Hosted by Active Norfolk, the Norfolk Sports Awards is a night to celebrate and reward the sporting excellence and physical activity achievements of our County.
The nomination process will be open to the public on Thursday 7th September and will close on Wednesday 11th October 2017. The judging panel will convene on Friday 13th October and shortlisted finalists in each of the award categories will be notified shortly thereafter.
Norfolk Sports Awards Nomination Categories
Here are the categories open for nomination.
Scroll down to see what categories are open for nomination this year, read the criteria, and then make your nomination!
New for 2017 we have 2 new categories - Power of Physical Activity and Activity in the Community awards. These awards recognise the impact that becoming physically active can have on our lives and our communities.
We've also introduced a category open to public vote - the Norfolk Sports Personality for 2017!
Sports Personality of the Year
Who do you think deserves to be Norfolk's Sporting Personality of 2017?
Click on the links below to learn more about each of the athletes, then cast your vote. You can only vote for your favourite athlete once!
The judges will review the votes and decide on the winner from the three athletes that have received the most public votes. The winner will be announced at the awards night!
The criteria for Sports Personality are:
- A male or female performer who has made great progress over time, has achieved a great deal or has made a big difference to a team.
- Must be aged 19 or over on 30th September 2017
Young Sports Personality of the Year
- A young performer who has made great progress over time, has achieved a great deal or has made a big difference to a team.
- Must be aged 18 or under on 30th September 2017
The Power of Physical Activity Award
- An individual who has gone from being inactive to achieving a great deal in a sport or physical activity
- An inspiring individual who has overcome barriers to increase their level of physical activity to improve their health and wellbeing (that can be physical, mental, social, economic, or other form of wellbeing)
Activity in the Community Award
- A project that has brought or increased physical activity into a local community. This can be a sport or physical activity intervention that targets specific communities or groups, with the objective of improving participants' health and wellbeing through physical activity.
- A project that demonstrates how it helps participants overcome barriers to improve their health and wellbeing (that can be physical, mental, social, economic, or other form of wellbeing)
Sports Team of the Year
- A team that has made great achievements in their sport or made great progress over time
Community Club of the Year
- A club that has made great progress over time, has achieved a great deal, or has made a big difference to a community
Coach of the Year
- An inspirational coach who holds a current, recognised National Governing Body coaching qualification
- This should be someone who has dedicated their time and resource to encourage sports participation and development on a local level
BBC Unsung Hero
- A volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to local sport
- This could be an official, committee member, helper or anyone else who you feel deserves recognition for their dedication
- Please note – qualified coaches should be nominated for the 'Coach of the Year' award instead
Services to Disability Sport
- An individual who has gone to great lengths to raise the profile of disability sport within Norfolk
- An individual who has made great progress over time, has achieved a great deal or has made a big difference to disability sport in Norfolk
- This category can include disabled athletes; someone who has gained funding or helped provide opportunities for disabled athletes; or encouraged people with disabilities to get involved with sport.
Active School of the Year
Primary - A school that gives all pupils access to a wide range of opportunities to participate in high quality physical education, extra-curricular sport and physical activity. The school should show an effective use of the PE and Sport Premium, which may include demonstration of the grant's impact on the following:
- Pupil's engagement in physical activity and health improvement activities
- Improved outcomes for pupils through increasing the confidence and competence of school staff
- Engaging pupils who wouldn't normally enjoy PE and sport
- Providing innovative approaches to achieving whole school outcomes
Secondary - A school that gives its pupils a wide range of opportunities to participate in high quality physical education and extra-curricular sport and physical activity. The school should demonstrate how it engages with all young pupils and effectively transitions young people into community activity
Active Workplace of the Year
- An organisation that has increased physical activity levels through workplace health programmes or facilitating active travel. An organisation that has developed a culture and provision to enable employees to have more time and opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity as part of the working day (before, during and after work)
- All individuals nominated must either reside in Norfolk or be involved with a Norfolk sports organisation
- All organisations nominated must be based in Norfolk
- Nominees for "…….of the Year" categories will be assessed primarily on their achievements during the past year. The 'Year' runs from 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2017. Achievements beyond the past year may be considered if relevant
- Nominees for the BBC Unsung Hero category will be assessed on all relevant achievements and may be nominated for the regional and national BBC Award.
- Winners of the Norfolk awards may be put forward for regional or national awards (run by Sport England, BBC, sportscoachUK or other similar organisations) where corresponding categories exist.