Award Categories

ENERGIZE AWARDS 2017 CATEGORIES

For individuals whose life has changed as a result of becoming more active:

Power of Sport – in partnership with BBC Radio Shropshire

This award recognises an individual who has significantly changed and improved their life 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 of these.

The criteria are:

  • Open to individuals of any age
  • They should be active in Shropshire and/or Telford & Wrekin
  • Must be new to the sport or activity/activities within the last 18 months leading up to August 2017
  • 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
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Aspiring Talent Award

This award recognises a young person (male or female, able bodied or disabled) who is a rising talent in a particular sport/physical activity and has overcome challenging personal circumstances in order to succeed. Their commitment and achievements will have been used to inspire others around them to succeed too.

The criteria are:

  • Nominee(s) must be under 18 years of age on 9th September 2017.
  • Demonstration of how challenging personal circumstances have been overcome through involvement in the chosen activity
  • Evidence they show considerable potential in their chosen sport or activity. Rankings and achievements made during the eligibility period can be given
  • Have demonstrated considerable commitment
  • Have a positive attitude which inspires others
  • Evidence of having used their achievements and experiences to make a positive impact on those around them
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

For individuals who have helped improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local people by supporting them to become more active:

Inspirational Activity Leader Award

This award recognises the achievements of a qualified paid coach, instructor, activity teacher etc. who is improving the lives of local people who are new to activity, through the activity that they lead.

The criteria are:

  • Contribution of the activity leader to support those who aren’t usually active to feel confident to begin a sport or physical activity – particularly under-represented groups
  • Evidence of improving the physical and mental wellbeing of their participants
  • Puts the participant at the heart of what they do and ensures they have an excellent experience
  • Uses innovative practices to engage their participants
  • Has exceptional ‘softer skills’ (i.e. social and emotional skills to interact effectively with others), ensuring that the individual needs of participants are met
  • Nominee is a qualified paid activity leader committed to their personal development
  • An inspiration and positive role model for participants and their peers
  • Has built strong relationships and links with clubs, schools and/or other community organisations
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

Local Hero Award

Please nominate paid coaches, instructors and teachers for the Activity Leader award.

This award recognises the achievements in the past 12 months of a volunteer who gives up their time for free in order to help other people to be active and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. This category aims to recognise the wide variety of roles that volunteers perform, from coaches and treasurers, to grounds keepers and fundraisers.  

The criteria are:

  • Nominee has made a positive impact on others through their giving their time for free in sport and physical activity, specifically in the past 12 months
  • Contribution of volunteer to encourage more people to become active in sport and physical activity, particularly ‘under-represented groups’
  • Evidence of the impact that the person has had in supporting efforts to improve the lives of participants in sport/physical activity
  • Widening access to sport and physical activity through their volunteering
  • An inspiration and positive role model for participants and their peers
  • Has built strong relationships and links with clubs, schools and/or other community organisations
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

Young Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises a young person who gives up their free time to encourage others to take part in sport/physical activity. They will be a positive role model for other young people and be committed to their own personal development.

The criteria are:

  • Nominee must be aged 21 years or under on 9th September 2017
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership skills
  • An inspiration and positive role model for other young people, acting in a responsible and professional manner
  • Has demonstrated a significant contribution to helping people to be active in their community, contributing at minimum of 25 hours of volunteer time in during the eligibility period
  • Commitment to improving the standard of their volunteering through undertaking personal development courses and activities
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others

The William Penny Brookes Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Physical Activity – in partnership with the Wenlock Olympian Society

This special award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improving the lives of local people through engaging them in sport and physical activity in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin over a number of years.

The criteria are:

  • Demonstration of the extent of their contribution to improving the lives of local people through engaging them in sport and physical activity in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin
  • Evidence of helping a large number of local people to become involved in activity either as a participant or in a supporting role over the years
  • Evidence of the positive impact their work has had on the local community and on individual’s lives
  • Demonstration of going above and beyond the call of duty and the personal commitment and sacrifices made
  • Involvement in sport and physical activity over a number of years
  • An inspiration and role model for others
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others.

For groups and organisations that have helped improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local people by providing the opportunity for them to become more active:

Active School of the Year

This award recognises a primary or secondary school in Shropshire or Telford & Wrekin which enables young people to lead an active life, taking consideration of their needs and putting these at the heart of their decision making. They will successfully create an active culture for their students in order that they leave school with the foundations of physically literacy and the age-related knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport. The active culture will go beyond pupils, to include staff and even the extended school community.

The criteria are:

  • Consults with pupils to establish activities they would be interested in trying (need-based provision)
  • Has an inclusive approach to sport and physical activity, ensuring that all pupils, regardless of level of ability get the opportunity to be active on a regular basis, as part of a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Offers both choice and access to a broad range of activities
  • Provides a range of inclusive opportunities beyond the curriculum
  • Makes links with community groups and clubs in order to encourage participation beyond school
  • Encourages active travel to and from school
  • Provides competition opportunities for those who want to compete
  • Have a commitment to staff training so that teachers and other staff are confident and knowledgeable in teaching PE or school sport
  • Utilises the school environment to keep pupils active throughout the day
  • Encourages the wider school community, e.g. parents, carers and supporters, to be active and to actively support the school’s efforts to enable pupils to be active

Active Spaces and Places Award

For any local open space, park, green space, woodland, community centre, leisure facility etc. which is a real community asset, responding to the needs of local people and providing an opportunity for all to be active and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Those responsible for the place or space will respond to community need, regardless of their size or budget.

The criteria are:

  • Evidence of making innovative use of the space or place in order to help people in the community to be active in order to improve their physical and mental wellbeing
  • Those who oversee the space or place put the local community at the heart of decisions made around what activities are put on and what developments are made
  • Evidence of consulting and working with the local community
  • Evidence of ensuring that the space or place is welcoming to everyone in the community – regardless of age or circumstances

Actively Changing Lives Award – Activity Provider

This award recognises an activity provider, such as a fitness provider, sports club, dance studio etc., who is improving the physical and mental wellbeing of local people using physical activity or sport.

The criteria are:

  • Evidence of using innovative methods to engage people in the activity who aren’t usually active, particularly those from under-represented groups
  • Evidence of putting the participant at the heart of the organisation, ensuring that their experience of the activity(ies) is welcoming, friendly and positive
  • Evidence of the impact that being involved with the activity provider has had on participant’s physical and mental wellbeing
  • Can demonstrate commitment to the development of their participants, leaders and volunteers
  • Engages with the local community and builds strong links with schools and/or other community organisations to help reach people
  • Committed to raising standards and have achieved (or at least be working towards) a quality mark or affiliation such as Clubmark or equivalents
  • Developed an effective management structure
  • Is committed to the long-term development of their organisation, for example, has put in place an infrastructure which will sustain the activity in the future
  • Special qualities that set them apart from others.

Small Community Project of the Year

This award recognises an innovative project or initiative with a total lifetime budget of up to £10,000, which uses sport and physical activity to improve the lives of local communities or groups of people who are not usually active. Examples of projects could include support groups using sport/physical activity as a therapeutic or diversionary activity; community groups who support young people to develop the skills to become more life ready; or charities who use sport/physical activity as one of a suite of methods to improve the health of their service users.

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 Shropshire and / or Telford & Wrekin
  • Evidence of how innovative ideas have been used to engage local communities who are not usually active and/or who have specific needs or issues
  • Evidence of how the project has been used to tackle specific social or emotional issues
  • Evidence of how the project has improved the physical and/or mental wellbeing of the participants
  • Effectiveness at creating new opportunities for more people, particularly ‘hard to reach’ groups to become active in sport and physical activity
  • Evidence of encouraging a community to lead more active and healthy lifestyles
  • Has built strong community relationships and links
  • Dedication and commitment from those involved
  • An inspiration and example of best practice for others
  • Special qualities that set the project / team apart from others

Large Community Project of the Year

This award recognises an innovative project or initiative with a total lifetime budget of over £10,000, which uses sport and physical activity to improve the lives of local communities or groups of people who are not usually active. Examples of projects could include support groups using sport/physical activity as a therapeutic or diversionary activity; community groups who support young people to develop the skills to become more life ready; or charities who use sport/physical activity as one of a suite of methods to improve the health of their service users.

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 Shropshire and / or Telford & Wrekin
  • Evidence of how innovative ideas have been used to engage local communities who are not usually active and/or who have specific needs or issues
  • Evidence of how the project has been used to tackle specific social or emotional issues
  • Evidence of how the project has improved the physical and/or mental wellbeing of the participants
  • Effectiveness at creating new opportunities for more people, particularly ‘hard to reach’ groups to become active in sport and physical activity
  • Evidence of encouraging a community to lead more active and healthy lifestyles
  • Has built strong community relationships and links
  • Dedication and commitment from those involved
  • An inspiration and example of best practice for others
  • Special qualities that set the project / team apart from others

Active Workplace of the Year

This award recognises a local workplace that actively encourages and enables their workforce to be more physically active and lead a healthier lifestyle.

The criteria are:

  • Evidence of encouraging their workforce to lead more physically active and healthy lifestyles in and out of work (e.g. promoting health initiatives to staff or supporting and rewarding staff who get involved in sports challenges)
  • Demonstrates commitment to helping their workforce be more active (e.g. reducing sedentary working, encouraging active travel)
  • Adapting the physical work environment and working practices e.g. standing desks, flexible working hours
  • Empowering employees to lead their colleagues e.g. by appointing a workplace champion
  • Using activity to improve the work environment e.g. increasing productivity, improving team cohesion