Categories and Criteria 2019

All information for each category apart from the two lifetime achievement categories must relate to the year of 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019.

The closing date for nominations is 12 noon on Monday 2 September 2019.

Across all categories, we are keen for nominees to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Inclusive – proactively addresses barriers
  • Responsive – adapts based on the circumstances of the community around them
  • Person centred – listens and puts people first
  • World class - does everything to the highest standard and always seeks to improve

The criteria for each category are listed below – please read these carefully before submitting a nomination. You may also wish to nominate an individual in more than one category if they meet the criteria.

 

Coaching categories

Young coach of the year

This award will be made to a coach/deliverer aged 25 years or younger. This award looks for young people who have invested in their development as a coach and have made a significant impact on the people they coach.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has adopted a person-centred approach to coaching
  • Has helped those taking part to reach their potential through dedicated support
  • Has invested time and energy in their development as a coach
  • Has created a safe, inclusive and enjoyable environment for participation

 

Young person’s coach of the year

This award will be made to a coach/deliverer who has made an outstanding contribution to the introduction and early development of sport and physical activity for young people under the age of 18.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has adopted a person-centred approach to coaching, helping young people to develop a positive attitude towards sport and physical activity
  • Has contributed to the development of the basic skills of those taking part
  • Has invested time and energy in their development as a coach
  • Has created a safe, fun, inclusive and nurturing environment for development

 

Community coach of the year

This award will be made to a coach/deliverer who has supported the development of those taking part (in the main over the age of 18), and has significantly increased the sport and physical activity opportunities available and participation levels within their community.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has adopted a person-centred approach to coaching
  • Has delivered regular quality coaching sessions to those taking part
  • Has created a safe, inclusive and enjoyable environment for participation
  • Has made a positive impact on their community through sport and physical activity

 

Performance development coach of the year

This award will be made to a coach who has supported athletes or teams with emerging talent to make an impact in their sport at district, regional or national level.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has adopted a person-centred approach to coaching
  • Has been responsible for identifying and nurturing talent in line with the sport’s long term athlete/player development model
  • Has invested time and energy in their development as a coach in order to meet the needs of their athletes/players
  • Has coached athletes or teams who have made an impact at district, regional or national level which may include a significant improvement in performance, although not necessarily the winning of titles

 

High performance coach of the year

This award will be made to a coach working with athletes and teams at the highest level of sport. The award looks for evidence of a person-centred development leading to successful performance at the most senior level of International, UK or Scottish sport.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has adopted a person-centred approach to coaching
  • Has made a difference to the performance and success of an athlete or team
  • Has invested time and energy in their development as a high performance coach
  • Has coached athletes or teams who have delivered a successful performance at the most senior level of International, UK or Scottish sport

 

Disability coach of the year

This award will be made to a coach working with people with a disability.  The award looks for evidence of a person-centred development leading to successful performance of those taking part.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has adopted a person-centred approach to coaching
  • Has helped those taking part to reach their potential through dedicated support
  • Has invested time and energy in their development in order to meet the needs of their participants
  • Has coached athletes or teams who have made an impact at district, regional or national level which may include a significant improvement in performance, although not necessarily the winning of titles

 

Coach developer of the year

This award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of coaching through the delivery of effective learning and development programmes.

We are looking for an individual coach educator or mentor who:

  • Has a track record of providing excellent development opportunities and/or ongoing support of coaches/deliverers
  • Has delivered excellent person-centred learning opportunities
  • Has used an innovative approach to the delivery of learning and development
  • Has supported the next generation of coaches to achieve their potential
  • Has invested time and energy in their own professional development

The focus of this award is on a front-line educator or mentor, rather than an NGB staff member responsible for implementing coach education strategy in their sport. Governing body endorsement must be sought prior to submission for sport specific nominees. This can be done through the lead coaching officer.

 

Lifetime achievement in coaching

This award will be presented to an exceptional coach/deliverer to recognise their achievements over a lifetime dedicated to coaching.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has significant achievements over a sustained period with a number of different individuals or teams
  • Has a consistent person-centred approach to coaching
  • 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

 

Officiating category

Technical official of the year

This award recognises the hard work and dedication that referees, umpires and match officials make to the competition structure in their sport.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has demonstrated outstanding officiating commitment to their sport
  • Has officiated at either local, regional, national or international level
  • Has invested time and energy in their development as an official, undertaking continuous professional development opportunities
  • Has been an inspiration and positive role model

 

Volunteering categories

Young volunteer of the year

This award will be made to a volunteer in a non-coaching role, aged 25 years or younger, who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of sport and physical activity.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has worked in any aspect of their school, club, community group, Community Sport Hub or Scottish Governing Body and without them, the organisation or community would not be the same
  • Has dedicated a substantial amount of time to volunteer in sport and physical activity
  • Has been an inspiration and is a positive role model

 

 Volunteer of the year

This award will be made to a volunteer in a non-coaching role, aged 26 years or more, who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of sport and physical activity.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has worked in any aspect of their school, club, community group, Community Sport Hub or Scottish Governing Body and without them, the organisation or community would not be the same
  • Has dedicated a substantial amount of time to volunteer in sport and physical activity
  • Has been an inspiration and is a positive role model

 

Lifetime achievement in volunteering (non-coaching)

This award will be presented to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication or made an exceptional contribution to volunteering through a lifetime dedicated to sport and physical activity.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • Has dedicated a substantial amount of time to volunteering in their school, club, community group, Community Sport Hub, Scottish Governing Body and without them, the organisation or community would not be the same
  • Has significantly improved their club, sport or community through their lifelong dedication
  • Has gone above and beyond what is required of them as a volunteer

 

Organisation / project categories

These categories are new for 2019 and have been introduced in line with the UK Coaching Awards.  If you require further guidance in relation to these categories, please contact coaching.awards@sportscotland.org.uk

 

Coaching for an active life (programme/initiative)

This award recognises an outstanding coaching programme or initiative which supports people to get active and stay active.

We are looking for a programme or initiative that:

  • Has used coaching as a tool to transform people's lives​
  • Has engaged people who may not have been physically active ​
  • 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, employability or health and wellbeing

 

Transforming coaching (organisation)

This award is for an organisation that is transforming coaching to enhance the development and wellbeing of coaches and participants

We are looking for an organisation that:

  • Has transformed learning and development​ for coaches and can demonstrate the impact of this
  • Has developed a person-centred and inclusive coaching system focused on the needs and wellbeing of all people involved​
  • Has used innovation and/or technology to enhance coaching learning or practice, improve the experience or performance of participants or coaches ​​

 

Date published: 27 July 2017
Date updated: 25 November 2019

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