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Rushcliffe Sports Awards 2017

Nomination are now open for the 2017 Rushcliffe Sports Awards.

The Rushcliffe Sports Awards are an integral part of the sporting calendar in Rushcliffe and a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the borough’s sports people.

The Sports Awards aim to mark the achievements, dedication and determination of our athletes and the invaluable contribution of our voluntary coaches, officials and administrators.

The awards are organised in partnership with the Rushcliffe School Sports Partnership and the 2017 awards will take place on Wednesday 22 November at The Becket School.  Nominations are now open in the below categories – you can make a nomination now - and nominations are open until Wednesday 18 September.

Criteria for Junior Team of the Year

To recognise the success achieved by any junior team (U18) in their sport at local, county, regional or national level.

Criteria for Team of the Year

To recognise the success achieved by any team in their sport at local, county, regional or national level.

Criteria for Secondary School/College Team of the Year

To recognise the success achieved by any school team in their sport at local, county, regional or national level

Criteria for Primary School Team of the Year

To recognise the success achieved by any school team in their sport at local, county, regional or national level

Criteria for Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Nominations will be reviewed by the Rushcliffe Sports Awards panel and all shortlisted nominees in this category will be provided with the following:

  • A 12 month FANS membership where they can access Rushcliffe Borough leisure facilities free of charge
  • A grant to support the cost of competing at national level (the amount will be determined by the number of shortlisted nominees)

There will be one overall winner of this category - eligibility and criteria below:

Eligibility and Criteria:

  • Nominees must be a resident of Rushcliffe Borough OR attend a school in Rushcliffe OR compete for a club based in Rushcliffe
  • Nominees must be competing at National or International level in their chosen sport.  This varies with different sports but you should, at least, be competing with performers from other counties in your sport, in recognised competitions.
  • The sport must be a Sport England recognised sport or discipline (web link)
  • Nominees must be fully endorsed by the relevant National Governing Body (NGB) representative to be considered for funding.
  • Nominees must be fully endorsed by their National or International coach (who must be suitably qualified and affiliated) to be considered for funding.
  • All grants awarded are entirely at the discretion of Rushcliffe Borough Council and subject to funding being available.
  • Nominees must be aged under 18/school year 13

 To endorse the nomination, athletes must provide:

  • A letter of support from the National Governing Body and National Squad Coach confirming involvement at national level must be provided
  • Photograph of nominee competing or in national kit
  • Any press cuttings, articles, websites which reference your achievements over the past 12 months
  • All evidence must be emailed to

Criteria for Junior Volunteer of the Year

To recognise the work of a Young Sports Leader (aged under 18/school year 13) who has shown outstanding commitment and made a significant contribution to volunteering within school/college and/or the community.  Roles could include official/referee, coaching, team manager, organisation and administration.

Criteria for Volunteer of the Year

To recognise a volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment and made a significant contribution to their sport/club/school in roles like - a club officer, committee member, fundraiser, administrator, IT support, event steward/marshalling, official/referee.

Volunteer coaches should be nominated in the 'Coach of the Year' category.

Criteria for Coach of the Year

To recognise a qualified coach, coaching in the community, who has made a major contribution to the lives of people through their work, which includes a voluntary element and has also shown commitment to their own personal development as a coach.

Rushcliffe Roll of Honour

To recognise an individual who has shown involvement, commitment and dedication to sport over many years.

Criteria for the Club of the Year:

Nominations are open to any club located in Rushcliffe Borough. Applications will be assessed on the following criteria, please ensure you address them fully.

  • Programmes the club delivers (Maximum 150 words). What activities does your club provide for its members and to attract new members. How can people progress and develop within your club? What is the social impact on members?
  • Volunteer Management (Maximum 150 words).. How does your club recruit, retain and reward its volunteers? Give examples where applicable
  • Partnerships and Relationships (Maximum 150 words). Who do you work with and how has this impacted on your club’s ability to develop? Give examples of work with your local or national governing body sports development officer/local schools/youth groups/brownies/scouts/volunteers centres etc
  • Creative Diversity (Maximum 100 words). How do you ensure your activities are open to all and how has your club targeted specific groups to work with? E.g. Women and girls, disabilities etc
  • Innovation (Maximum 100 words). What new ideas has your organisation implemented this year? What does your club plan to achieve in the next 12 – 18 months?




Rushcliffe Sports Awards 2016

On Wednesday 23 November 2016, the Rushcliffe Sports Awards took place at The Becket School in West Bridgford. The awards ceremony celebrates the hard work and success of young athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers across the borough.

The evening started with Councillor John Cottee, Portfolio Holder for Communities, welcoming guests and giving a review of sport in the borough this year. This was followed by the celebration of our 2016 award winners who were welcomed on stage to receive their trophies - congratulations to this year’s winners:

Community Coach of the Year: Phil Rhodes - Boots Hockey Club

Phil ensures club development from grass roots and youth level to pushing the Men’s 1st team to promotion. As well as this, Phil is heavily involved in the England Hockey Regional programme.

Junior Volunteer of the Year: Emily Townsend - West Bridgford School

Emily is a Year 10 student at West Bridgford School who was very quickly chosen for the Leadership Academy programme. This year she has achieved 201 volunteer hours and has helped out with a variety of clubs and sports at school.

Volunteer of the Year: Laura Mason - Boots Hockey Club

Laura is a dedicated & passionate club member, taking on the roles of Club Secretary, Communications Officer & Facilities Officer. She also umpires regularly and raises money for a charity close to the club’s heart.

Primary School Team of the Year: East Bridgford St Peters Boys - Table Tennis Team

East Bridgford St Peters Boys Table Tennis Team became the County Champions in December, runners up in the National Zonal and Regional finals and represented the East Midlands at the England Table Tennis National Regional Championships.

Secondary School of the Year:Rushcliffe School - U13 Girls Handball

The Year 8 girls from Rushcliffe School made history by becoming the first school, not only from Nottingham, but from the East Midlands to win the National Handball Finals, beating over 1000 schools. To get to the finals the girls won the Rushcliffe competition, qualifying for the Nottinghamshire School Games finals.

Dave Bullas Primary School Games Award: Radcliffe on Trent Junior School

Dave Bullas Secondary School Games Award: The West Bridgford School

Club of the Year: Rushcliffe Athletics Club

Rushcliffe Athletics Club achieved some great results in 2016 such as: Mini League Champions at Cross Country; 10 teams at the National Cross Country Relay; 2 Midlands Champions; 3 athletes qualified for the English Championships. As well as this, the club hosted a ParalympicGB fundraiser event through the #supercharge initiative where £1000 was raised to support Team GB at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Roll of Honour: Tim Dunne – Swimming, Football & Triathlon

Tim unexpectedly passed away earlier this year.  He was actively involved in a number of sports clubs in Rushcliffe, as an athlete, coach and volunteer. The clubs he was involved in, West Bridgford Colts Hurricanes, Portland Swimming Club, Rushcliffe Swimming Club, 4Life Triathlon Club, Rushcliffe Triathlon Club and TFN, all felt it fitting to recognise his commitment and dedication by nominating him for this award.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year:

All short listed athletes in this category have been given a FANS membership which gives them free access to the borough’s leisure facilities to help with their training.  They have also received a grant to support them with the costs associated at competing in a sport at national and international level.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Ellie Downie

At the age of just 17, Ellie successfully competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, representing Team GB. Ellie also achieved Silver for Great Britain at the 2016 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships & is a member of Notts Gymnastics Academy.

Once again we were joined by players from our fantastically supportive professional clubs with Jake Libby and Brett Hutton from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Nottingham Forest players Apostolos Vellios and Nicolao Dumitru and from Nottingham Rugby Club, captain Matt Everard and player Ben Morris.

The event also welcomed Olympic and Paralympic special guests onto the stage, the first being Penny Briscoe MBE who talked about her experiences of working as Chef De Mission in Rio for ParalympicsGB. This was followed by Olympic gymnasts Ellie and Becky Downie and Para-canoeist Rob Oliver sharing their experiences of Rio. We also heard from the coaches that supported our athletes on their road to Rio – Dez Atkins High Performance Rowing Coach at Nottingham Rowing Club, helping Paralympic Gold medallist Grace Clough to reach her goal and Luke Sweet, Colin Radmore and Matt Lawrence who coached the para-canoe squad at Holme Pierrepont. All gave some great words of advice to our young aspiring athletes in the audience.

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