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Nomination Guidance & Judging Information

All the information you need to make the most of your nomination.

The UK Coaching Awards is a unique opportunity for us to honour and reward the work of #GreatCoaching at all levels across sport and activity in the UK.

This year’s Awards for Coaches are:

  • Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year *
  • Community Coach of the Year *
  • Changing Lives Award
  • Talent Development Coach of the Year
  • High Performance Coach of the Year *
  • Young Coach of the Year *
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Coaching Chain

This Year’s Awards in Support of Coaches are:

  • Coach Developer of the Year
  • Transforming Coaching
  • Coaching for an Active Life *

*NB the Home Country Sports Councils – Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Scotland and Sport Wales – replicate these five categories and some others in their own awards programmes. Therefore, not all nominations will be managed by UK Coaching. The nomination form will advise you on how to complete your nomination, depending on the award, either directly through UK Coaching or via the respective Home Country Sports Council.

Great Coaching Moment of the Year

The Great Coaching Moment of the Year, which celebrates a moment in time when a coach’s support and guidance paid off, will be back again this year. The Sports Journalists’ Association will be providing this year’s shortlist which will then be made open to a public vote. Further details will be announced soon.

Nominating for an award? - Please read this first

Success at the UK Coaching Awards depends on two factors: the quality of the coach* or organisation you are nominating and the quality of the nomination itself. 

The nomination process has been simplified for 2019 but to do justice to the coach or organisation you are nominating, please follow this advice:

  • Check the criteria to ensure you are making a nomination in the correct category 
  • Read the general criteria which is applicable to all awards and ensure you cover them in your nomination
  • Read the What are we looking for? bullet points and ensure you cover them in your nomination
  • Bring the nomination to life with examples, results and quotes 

Please note

  • The judging panel can only use the details you provide in the nomination form. You are not able to provide additional supporting information or add attachments
  • Nominees can only be judged in the category they have been nominated in
  • If a nominee meets the criteria for multiple awards and you wish to nominate them for more than one award, please complete the relevant nomination forms

* We use the broad definition of coaching and welcome nominations on behalf of coaches, instructors, leaders, teachers, trainers and others who support people to achieve their sport and activity goals. All nomination information is treated as confidential until shortlists and winners are announced by UK Coaching.

Hints and tips for completing the form 

  • The nomination form works best with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 
  • When you submit your nomination you will be redirected to a thank you page. If this does not happen, please check through the form for notified errors. 
  • When completing the form, please click inside each box and ensure your cursor is visible before starting to type. 
  • All abbreviations and acronyms should be avoided. 
  • See examples of completed forms to help you plan your nomination
  • Need help? Contact us

 

Nomination Criteria

All nominations will need to demonstrate how nominees meet the following criteria. There will be a space in the form for you to provide your answer. 

Please highlight how the coach or organisation:

  • is inclusive in their practice and puts welfare, safety and wellbeing first
  • is committed to ongoing learning and development of themselves and others
  • uses innovative practice/s 

NB the UK Coaching Awards recognises the impact of the coach, organisation or programme on UK participants/athletes only.

Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach who has helped children and young people to meet their sport and physical activity needs and aspirations.

We are looking for a coach who:

  • coaches children and young people aged 25 and under
  • has helped the children and young people develop a positive attitude towards sport and physical activity
  • helps build confidence and enjoyment and provides suitable coaching to engage children and young people
  • has had an impact on the health and well-being of the children and young people being coached

NB nominations for coaches working with young participants at county/regional/national level should be entered in the Talent Development category, not the Children’s and Young People’s Coach of the Year.

Community Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach in their community. This is a coach who has helped people take part more regularly, or helped people to start or stay in sport and physical activity.

We are looking for a coach who:

  • works with participants over the age of 26
  • increases access to sport and physical activity through great person-centred coaching
  • works within a specific community, particularly those who might find sport and physical activity harder to access
  • creates a safe, inclusive and a nurturing environment for all involved
  • has had a positive impact on the community, such as community cohesion, social development or improved health and well-being

Changing Lives Award

This award recognises a coach who is leading the way to empower and inspire people from diverse communities through #GreatCoaching.

Nominations are warmly welcomed from, but not exclusive to, coaches from under-represented groups, eg women, lower socio-economic, disability (including lifelong conditions), LGBT+ or black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME).

We are looking for a coach who:

  • has been an inspiration in their community - this could be by encouraging more people from diverse communities to take part in sport or physical activity or empowering others to become a coach
  • sets an example for the people they coach, through #GreatCoaching behaviours
  • may have overcome barriers and now helps others do the same

Talent Development Coach of the Year

This award recognises the achievements of a coach working with emerging and young athletes.

We are looking for a coach who:

  • has a person-centred approach to nurturing talent
  • helps and inspires participants to achieve their performance goals
  • helps and inspires participants to thrive in the talent environment and transition through the pathway
  • has a good understanding of the needs of talented participants
  • goes above and beyond to keep his/her own learning and development current
  • has had multiple achievements with teams or participants at club, county or regional level

High Performance Coach of the Year

This award recognises the achievements of a coach working at the highest levels of performance in sport, either as coach of an individual or national team.

We are looking for a coach who:

  • has a person-centred approach leading high performing individuals or teams
  • has coached to repeated success at senior national or international level
  • has successfully led a team of people to best meet the needs of their athlete/s
  • goes above and beyond to keep their own learning and development current
  • has created and maintained a coaching environment which enables athletes, coaches and support staff to thrive

Young Coach of the Year

This award recognises the work of an exceptional young coach who has helped and inspired people to reach their sport and physical activity needs and aspirations.

We are looking for a coach who:

  • is 25 years of age or under at the time of nomination
  • has motivated people to enjoy sport and physical activity
  • shows creativity and determination in their development of coaching activity
  • has invested time and energy in their development as a coach
  • has a wider impact on the people they coach, such as personal development, or improved health and well-being

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will be presented to an exceptional candidate to recognise their achievements through a lifetime of #GreatCoaching.

We are looking for a coach who:

  • has demonstrated person-centred coaching throughout their career
  • has had achievement over a sustained period with a number of different individuals or teams
  • has had a wide impact on the people they coach and their communities
  • has supported the development of other coaches or programmes, which has enabled their work to be continued or expanded
  • has created and maintained a coaching environment which enables athletes, coaches and support staff to thrive

The Coaching Chain

This award recognises the great contributions provided by a number of different coaches. These outstanding coaches will have all played their part during an elite athlete’s journey to success.

We are looking for:

  • coaches who have worked with an athlete who has achieved notable success during the past 12 months
  • a chain of 3-5 coaches who have enabled the athlete to reach their potential, starting with a school or club coach and progressing through the sports pathway
  • coaches who have provided person-centred coaching and continuous, dedicated support for an athlete throughout her/his career
  • coaches who have connected with others and recognised the need to transfer the athlete based on their individual needs and stage of development
  • coaches who have created an environment for the athlete to thrive and make the successful transition to the next stage of the pathway/their development
     

Coach Developer of the Year

This award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the learning and development of coaching and individual coaches. The recipient will have consistently delivered high quality learning and development programmes.

We are looking for a coach developer who:

  • is a tutor, educator, coach developer or mentor
  • has a track record of providing excellent development opportunities and/or ongoing support of coaches
  • delivers excellent learning for coaches, relevant to their needs
  • has an innovative approach to learning and development
  • regularly encourages coaches to connect with others to support continuous learning
  • commits to their own lifelong learning

NB the focus of this award is on a front-line tutor/educator, coach developer or mentor, rather than a governing body of sport staff member responsible for implementing coach education strategy in their sport.

Coaching for an Active Life Award

This award is for a project, programme or intervention which uses #GreatCoaching to get more people active and stay active.

We are looking for a project, programme or intervention that:

  • has used #GreatCoaching to transform people's lives
  • has engaged people who may not have been physically active before
  • has used an innovative approach to engage with people and/or provided sustainable opportunities for people to take part
  • has developed people's coaching skills within the community, and deployed them to increase opportunities for others
  • has made a wider impact on the community, such as community cohesion or health and well-being
  • has encouraged people from under-represented groups to take part, eg women, lower socio economic, disability, LGBT+ or black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME).

Transforming Coaching Award

This award is for an organisation that is transforming coaching to enhance the development and well-being of people providing and receiving great coaching.

We are looking for an organisation that:

  • is developing a person-centred, complete/balanced/holistic coaching system focused on the needs and well-being of all people involved
  • is transforming learning and development
  • is using technology to enhance coaching learning or practice, or to improve the experience or performance of participants or coaches
  • can demonstrate how #GreatCoaching has enhanced personal development and/or well-being
  • has at least one example of an innovation that is helping them to transform coaching

Judging Procedure & Deadlines

Shortlisting 

Shortlisting will be managed by UK Coaching or the respective Home Country Sports Councils depending on the award.  

Shortlisting Group Member Role 

  • Read and assess all nominations in the given category against the stated criteria
  • Propose the shorlists for consideration by the UK Judging Panel

UK Judging Panel

Purpose
To provide individual recommendations and collective decisions on winners and runners-up in each category.

Role of Judging Panel Members

  • To read and assess all shortlisted nominations 
  • To attend the UK Judging Panel meeting, discuss and vote using the agreed process 
  • To abstain from voting in any category where they have a conflict of interest
  • To maintain confidentiality on the outcome of the judging process 

Role of the Chair of the UK Judging Panel

  • To assess all screened nominations in the second stage of the judging process
  • Chair the UK Judging Panel meeting, providing a fair and effective process for winners to be selected
  • Give the casting vote in the case of a tie

Voting Process

  1. Each judging panel member chooses a first, second and third nominee for each category, giving them 10, 5 and 1 points respectively. The nominee with the most points per category will win the award
  2. Ties will be resolved by counting the number of first places given to a nominee by judging panel members. If a tie remains in any category, the Chair will give a casting vote
  3. Three finalists will normally be identified. For the five awards categories replicated in the awards programmes of the Home Country Sports Councils, there will be four finalists
  4. Just two finalists may be identified if, in the opinion of the judging panel, nominations lack the quality or volume to justify three finalists
  5. No award shall be given in any category where, in the opinion of the judging panel, nominations lack the quality or volume to justify an award
     
18 SEPTEMBER Nominations close at noon
23 SEPTEMBER TO 6 OCTOBER

Shortlisting

15 OCTOBER UK Judging Panel meeting
18 OCTOBER Finalists invited to the UK Coaching Awards
5 DECEMBER Awards ceremony takes place at The Tower Hotel London

Nominations Closed!

Nominations for this year's UK Coaching Awards have now closed

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