2017 Community Sport and Recreation Awards Terms and Conditions
1. Members of the Sport and Recreation Alliance and any club, group, association or organisation (hereafter referred to as club) affiliated to, or representing a member of the Alliance, are eligible to enter, or be nominated for an award.
2. Previous winners of an award category in 2016 are not eligible to enter the same award category.
3. Clubs which a Sport or Recreation Alliance staff member has an interest in are not eligible to enter.
4. Entries will only be accepted via the online form on the Sport and Recreation Alliance website and must be received no later than Sunday 30 April 2017.
5. Only one entry per award category is permitted, but entries will be accepted in more than one category.
6. The Sport and Recreation Alliance internal judging panel will shortlist a maximum of 6 entries for each award category to be presented to an external judging panel.
7. An external judging panel will select the award winners from the shortlist based on the aforementioned criteria. It is intended that the panel will consist of representatives from the Sport and Recreation Alliance, sponsors and leading sports figures depending on availability.
8. Following standard industry practice, the Sport and Recreation Alliance will undertake some due diligence including background checks of the shortlisted candidates to verify the information disclosed in applications.
9. The winners will be announced at the Community Sport and Recreation Awards in July 2017 and all category winners will be invited.
10. The judges’ decision as to the winners is final. No correspondence relating to the awards will be entered into.
11. All submitted material as part of the application process may be used to promote future awards and the general work of the Alliance
12. Winners must agree to take part in any post-award publicity if required.
13. The Sport and Recreation Alliance reserves the right to: (i) vary the opening and closing times for making entries and to vary the date of the announcement of the awards. (ii) disqualify any entrant who breaches the rules or has acted fraudulently in any way. (iii) cancel or vary the awards or any of the selection processes or criteria, at any stage, if in its opinion it is deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside its control.
14. The Sport and Recreation Alliance will not provide the personal details of anyone entering the awards to external organisations without their express permission.
15. Nominators and entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and bound by them.
16. Below is a list of the four awards, full criteria details can be found in the category criteria document below.
The Professional Footballers' Association - Professional Community Programme of the Year Award
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) was formed on 2nd December 1907 and is the world’s longest established professional sportsperson’s union.
The aims of the PFA are to protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights and status of all professional players by collective bargaining agreements.
We have also been successful in initiating a unique Community Programme and anti-racism campaigns as well as working with the Football League, the Premier League, the Football Association and the Football Foundation on charity and community initiatives.
Substance - Added Social Value Award
Substance is a research and technology consultancy specialist in working with the sport; sport for development and outdoor recreation sectors. The Substance core team is made up of highly-experienced social researchers, technologists and programme managers. They share an ambition to help organisations that do good think smarter and have a greater impact.
Their work is designed to help organisations:
Join In - Volunteering Award
Join In is part of the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Through their campaigns and on-the-ground network, Join In promotes brilliant opportunities for people to volunteer in their local communities and at flagship sporting events. Their aim is to increase the amount of volunteers in community sport and help more people to get active.
Hiscox - Mental Health Award
This award is sponsored by Hiscox. Hiscox is an international specialist insurance and reinsurance company with offices in 14 countries, over 1,600 staff and customers around the world. In the UK, Hiscox use their underwriting expertise gained over the last 100 years to provide not-for-profit organisations, businesses and high net worth clients with insurance that is tailored to suit their individual and often complex insurance needs.
Hiscox is working with Perkins Slade to provide specialist insurance to UK sporting associations and clubs, from grassroots to nationwide organisations.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards have been running for over 20 years, celebrating the very best that grassroots organisations offer their local communities and members.
Today there are in the region of 151,000 sport and recreation clubs in the UK, from karate to kabaddi and street dance to netball – activities for people from every walk of life. It is this variety which makes the British landscape what it is, uniquely and positively contributing to so many different lives in so many different ways.
The Community Sport and Recreation Awards demonstrate the vital work that is going on at the grassroots level. From the organisations providing youngsters with a pathway from playgrounds to active adulthood, to the clubs making sure that their helpers and volunteers are supported and encouraged to continually develop, this year's winners will be a perfect advert for how our sector enriches lives.
The 2017 Community Sport and Recreation Awards are free to enter and the winner of each of our four categories will receive a prize of £1,000, which will be presented at an awards ceremony hosted by HRH the Earl of Wessex. Our awards programme is open to all our members and the clubs of our members so the entry can be from an organisation, club or group.
Professional Community Programme of the Year Award - sponsored by The Professional Footballers' Association
The Professional Community Programme of the Year Award will be awarded to an inspirational club or group that, through their activities or exciting community project, has increased participation in sport and recreation. This award-winning project might have targeted specific groups that are less likely to participate in physical activity and engaged with them in such a way that has helped make a difference to the lives of its local community.
Added Social Value Award - sponsored by Substance
The Added Social Value Award will be awarded to a club, organisation or group that has really worked to unite a community and help deliver extra skills or abilities to those who become involved, and possibly even deal with antisocial issues in the area through the medium of sport or physical activity.
Volunteering Award - sponsored by Join In
The Volunteering Award will go to a club that has an amazing volunteering programme that can be seen by other clubs and organisations as a role model for them to adapt. The winner will have made volunteering accessible and have encouraged people from all backgrounds to get involved, making sure that the volunteers felt highly valued for their contributions.
Mental Health Award - sponsored by Hiscox
The Mental Health Award will be awarded to a club or organization that has used the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for the contribution to good mental health.
Innovation Project Award
The Innovative Project Award will be presented to a club that has created a new initiative, campaign or programme that has driven both participation and frequency to underrepresented groups to sport or physical activity.