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Nomination Guidance & Judging Criteria

The information you need to make the most of your nomination in the UK Coaching Awards 2018.

The UK Coaching Awards are a unique opportunity for us to recognise and reward the work of excellent coaching at all levels across sport and activity, from community to high performance.

Success in the Awards depends on two factors: the quality of coaching* shown by the candidate and the quality of the nomination itself. The process is straightforward, but to do justice to the person you’re nominating, please follow this advice:

  • Check the criteria to ensure you’re making a nomination in the right category
  • Tell the story about achievement and impact in your first paragraph of the Impact and Achievements section, providing further detail to back this up
  • Read the What are we looking for? bullet points and ensure you cover each of these
  • Bring the nomination to life with examples of how the coach* has made a real difference, preferably with statistics/results and quotes from those they coach
  • Include evidence of how the coach* has left a legacy, through lasting opportunities available to participants or a long-term impact on the sport/activity
  • Consider the wider benefits the impact of coaching has had on participants. Has this improved physical/mental wellbeing or individual/social/economic development?
  • If appropriate, use the Additional supporting information box for any further detail which makes your candidate stand out from all the others who have been nominated
  • The judges can only use details in this form, so please don’t add attachments.

*For the UK Coaching Awards 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.

Behind all amazing performances is a coach who has supported, guided or steered their team, club or participant to success. UK Coaching wants to help celebrate 2018’s great coaching moments. 

Any great coaching moment from 2018 can be nominated. Whether it’s the school football team celebrating their first league win with their P.E. Teacher, a coach cheering from the pool side as their swimmer finishes their first 50m race or the England Coach celebrating the netball team’s victory at the Commonwealth Games. All you need to do is tell us:

  • The coach
  • The sport or activity
  • The competition or event
  • About the moment
  • How the moment made you feel

Once nominations close, the moments with the highest number of nominations will be shortlisted** for a public vote with the winning (most voted for) moment announced when the vote closes during the ceremony on 29 November 2018.

** The shortlisting group will be responsible for comparing and grouping nominations to publish the shortlist of Great Coaching Moments ready for public vote.

These awards are for individual coaches* who have excelled and shown outstanding commitment in a certain area or to an individual and/or group over the last 12 months. Where appropriate, please seek endorsement from the relevant governing body of sport or other national organisation prior to submission. This can be done through the lead coaching officer. 

Children’s Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach in helping and inspiring children to achieve their sport and activity goals.

What are we looking for?

  • A coach of children and young people under the age of 16
  • Evidence of the wider impact the nominee has on their players (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment)
  • Evidence of how the coach safeguards their athlete(s) and provides suitable coaching to meet their needs at their current stage of development
  • Evidence of how the coach has developed her/his own practice in a practical way
  • Examples of innovative practice

N.B. Nominations for coaches working with young athletes at county/regional/national level should be entered in the Talent Development category, not the Children’s Coach.

Community Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach in helping more people start, stay and/or succeed in sport and activity.

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence of the impact the nominee has had on widening access to sport and activity through coaching
  • Evidence of working within a specific community, particularly low-participation groups, to help and inspire people to achieve their goals
  • Evidence of the wider impact the nominee has on the community (such as community cohesion, health and wellbeing)
  • Evidence of how the nominee safeguards their participant(s) and provides suitable coaching to meet their needs at their current stage of development
  • Evidence of how the coach has developed her/his own practice in a practical way
  • Examples of innovative practice

Disability Coach of the Year

This award recognises the achievements of a coach working to develop disabled participants. 

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence of the impact the coach has had on widening access to sport for disabled people
  • Evidence of helping and inspiring people within a mainstream sporting environment or a dedicated disability sport environment
  • Evidence of the wider impact the coach has on the people they coach (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment)
  • Evidence of appropriate person-centred engagement and excellent coaching
  • Evidence of how the coach has developed her/his own practice in a practical way
  • Examples of innovative practice

N.B. Nominations for coaches working with disabled athletes at county/regional/national level can also be entered in the Talent Development, High Performance or Coaching Chain category, as appropriate.

Heather Crouch Young Coach of the Year

This award recognises the work of a young coach through her/his coaching achievements to date.

What are we looking for?

  • A coach who is 25 years of age or under at the date of nomination
  • Evidence of creativity and determination in their development of coaching activity
  • Evidence of helping and inspiring people to help them reach their goals
  • Evidence of the wider impact the nominee has on the people they coach, such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment
  • Examples of innovative practice

High Performance Coach of the Year

This award recognises the achievements of a coach working with athletes at the highest levels of performance in sport, either as the athlete’s personal coach or a coach of the national team.

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence of person-centred development leading to successful performance
  • Evidence of national or international achievements by the athletes being coached
  • Evidence of how the coach has developed her/his own practice in a practical way
  • Examples of innovative practice

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will be presented to an exceptional candidate to recognise her/his achievements through a lifetime dedicated to coaching.

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence of dedication to person-centred coaching throughout the nominee’s career
  • Evidence of achievement over a sustained period with a number of different athletes
  • Evidence of the wider impact the nominee has on their participants and their communities
  • Examples of innovative practice
  • Examples of programmes or legacies which have enabled the nominee’s work to be continued

Talent Development Coach of the Year

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

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence of excellent person-centred coaching that encourages the development of performance within sport, and nurturing talent
  • Evidence of helping and inspiring participants to achieve their performance goals
  • Evidence of multiple achievements at club, county or regional level by the participants being coached
  • Evidence of how the nominee has developed her/his own practice in a practical way
  • Evidence of innovative practice

The Coaching Chain

This award recognises the contributions made by individual coaches throughout an elite athlete’s life in helping achieve her/his potential.

This award recognises the contributions made by a group of individuals throughout an elite athlete’s life in helping them achieve their potential. It recognises and celebrates the importance of progressive person-centred coaching and the continuous, dedicated support and time invested in athletes throughout their career. This support may come from numerous coaches and support personnel, to enable the athlete to reach their potential. For example, the chain behind Rebecca Adlington ranged from the woman who taught her to swim to Becky’s Olympic coach.

The Coaching Chain has become one of the real highlights of the UK Coaching Awards, with recent winners being the groups of coaches behind the success of Stuart Hogg, Sir Ben Ainslie, Maggie Alphonsi, Dai Greene, Phillips Idowu, Frankie Jones and the Brownlee brothers. For more details, please see the UK Coaching website.

To make a nomination for 2018, please provide details of a Coaching Chain that has succeeded in supporting an elite athlete to their fullest potential. Please note that the ideal chain has between three and five key figures, although we acknowledge that many other specialists will have played their part in the development of an elite athlete.

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence that the athlete has achieved notable success during the past 12 months
  • Evidence of progressive person-centred coaching and the continuous, dedicated support for an athlete throughout her/his career
  • Evidence of 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 different stages according to the coaching structure of the relevant sport
  • Evidence of recognising the need to transfer the athlete to another coach, according to their stage of development

These awards recognise those who recruit, develop, educate, qualify and/or deploy coaches* effectively in the UK. Nominees should have made a significant impact within the past 12 months. No award shall be made in any category where, in the opinion of the judging panel, nominations lack the quality or volume to justify an award.

Coach Developer of the Year

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

What are we looking for?

  • An individual working in a front-line coach development role
  • Evidence of the development and management of coaches
  • Evidence of the delivery of high quality learning opportunities for coaches
  • Evidence of innovative practice to support coaches
  • Evidence of leaving a legacy through the development of others, the lasting opportunities now available or alternative enhancement within the sport or environment

N.B. The focus of this award is on a front-line tutor/educator, coach developer or mentor, rather than an NGB staff member responsible for implementing coach education strategy in their sport. 

Coaching Culture Organisation of the Year

This award is for an organisation that has made a significant commitment to coaching best practice in the UK. 

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence that the work of the organisation in developing people and coaching is aligned to its overall participation/performance strategy
  • Evidence of making a significant impact on the development and management of those who use coaching skills
  • Evidence of developing and embedding an excellent coaching system
  • Evidence of innovative practice and interventions
  • Evidence of developing and delivering innovative learning solutions

Coaching for an Active Life Award

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

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence of more people getting or staying active as a result
  • Evidence of innovative practice/legacy/new and sustained opportunities through this project or programme
  • Evidence of the impact on a particular area of the community in which this project or programme is delivered, such as community cohesion or health and wellbeing
  • Evidence of how this project or programme has enhanced the development and deployment of those who use coaching skills
  • Evidence of how this intervention has encouraged people from under-represented groups into coaching. E.g. Women, Lower Socio Economic or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic.

Transforming Coaching through Technology (New for 2018)

This award is for an individual or team who has developed innovative technology, or who has made great use of technology, to enhance coach learning or practice, or to improve the experience or performance of participants or coaches.

What are we looking for?

  • What type of technology has been developed/used and how has it been applied to coaching?
  • How has the technology made a difference to coach learning or practice?
  • How has the technology made a difference to the experience or performance of participants or coaches?
  • What insight, data or evidence is there to demonstrate that the technology has made a difference?

Shortlisting

Purpose

To consider all nominations in categories where nominations exceed six, and shortlist against the nomination criteria.

Shortlisting Group Membership and Role

One representative for each Award Category will be nominated from members of the UK Strategic Stakeholder Group or UK Coaching technical leads. The group's role is:

  • To read and assess all nominations in the given category against the stated criteria
  • To propose the shortlist in that category for consideration by the Judging Panel

Judging Panel

Purpose

To provide individual recommendations and collective decisions on winners and runners-up for each category of the UK Coaching Awards.

Role of the Chair of the Judging Panel

  • To advise the UK Coaching Events Team on the nomination and judging process
  • To assess all screened nominations in the second stage of the judging process
  • To Chair the Judging Panel meeting, providing a fair and effective process for the winners and runners-up to be selected
  • To use a casting vote in the case of a tie

Role of Judging Panel Members

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

Voting Process

  1. Each panel member chooses a first, second and third for each category, giving 10, 5 and 1 points respectively. The nomination with the most points per category will win.
  2. Ties will be resolved by counting the number of first places. If a tie remains in any category, the Chair will give a casting vote.
  3. Three finalists will normally be identified in each category. An exception to this may be made in the High Performance Coach category (notably during years following Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games) when multiple awards may be made.

28 September

Nominations close at 08:00

25 September to 4 October

Shortlisting

12 October

Judging Panel meeting
By 19 October Finalists invited to the Awards
29 November

Awards Ceremony at The Honourable Artillery Company, London