Basketball England are proud to announce that the 2018 volunteer award nomination period is now open!
We have given our annual awards a refresh with a new game-wide approach to recognise the volunteers doing great things for the game.
With so much of our sport reliant on volunteers, this is another way to recognise the work of people who give their time to make basketball a success and for us to say thank you!
Some of the award categories are new, whilst some have existed for a while and will be brought together into this exciting new programme, which also includes a Volunteer Awards dinner as part of the new Basketball England conference in September.
Following the nomination period, winners will be announced in each of our 10 regions for every category listed below. Those regional winners, as well as being recognised and receiving awards locally, will then progress for consideration for the overall national award. That will be presented at the Basketball England Volunteer Awards Dinner as part of the new Basketball England conference in September.
An individual who has given up their free time to help make a lasting impact and grow the game. This could be through coaching, admin or any behind the scenes work that may go unnoticed.
An individual, aged under 21, who has given up their free time to help make a lasting impact and grow the game. This could be through coaching, admin or any behind the scenes work that may go unnoticed.
A coach that has helped bring young people into the game and/or helped inspire the next generation of young players with an engaging and fun approach to coaching.
A coach that has, through exciting and innovative coaching, helped players achieve their potential and/or stay in the game for it to become a lifelong activity.
A club that goes above and beyond in the services and provision it provides for their local community. Examples of this are strong community links, a diverse programme and/or charity fundraising.
An individual that has unselfishly gave their own time to help mentor/develop officials to improve the standard and opportunities within the game.
The National winner of this category will receive the Mary Clark Award or Services to Officiating.
Referee Of The Year
A referee who has made the most significant contribution and improvement to basketball officiating during the season.
The National winner of this category will receive the Steve Lallament Award for Referee of the Year.
An individual, aged under 21, that has strived to improve and develop their ability and experience throughout the year. They may also have helped to mentor and develop others alongside this.
An individual that has helped to improve the standard of officiating. This could be through developing their own ability and experiences, mentoring others or providing an excellent experience for players of the game.
The National winner of this category will receive the Bill Taylor Award for Table Official of the Year.
A statistician that has exceeded their requirements to help grow the game and roles of statisticians. Examples of this are excellent approach to work, mentoring of others and/or assisting in other areas of the game in addition to their own.
A teacher that has acted as a basketball ambassador within their school and/or community, both in school and their own time.
A school that helped nuture an environment for it’s pupils to participate in the game and achieve their potential.
An individual that has provided outstanding digital coverage of the game. Examples of this are action/games photos, informative use of social media and/or innovative use of technology.
A female (any age) that has become a role model in the game and inspired others.
Basketball England can confirm the shortlists of national nominees for the 2018 Volunteer Awards are as follows:
Volunteer of the Year/Harry Errington Award:
Lindsey Chapman (South West).
Divya Gorasia (North West).
Young Volunteer (U21)/Brian Dobson Award:
Caitlyn Riley (East Midlands).
Veronique Francis-Lewis (Yorkshire).
Children’s Coach of the Year/Dave Fisher Award:
Karl Youngman (South East).
Maialen Ansoain Zilbeti (South West).
Coach of the Year/John Sage Award:
Paul Wayman (East).
Ian Macleod (North East).
Community Club of the Year:
Newcastle Eagles (North East)
Knights (South East)
Services to Officiating/Mary Clark Award:
Mickey Kirk (East).
Chris Taylor (Yorkshire).
Referee of the Year/Steve Lallament Award:
Joe Hodgson (West Midlands).
Courtney Bennett (Yorkshire).
Young Official of the Year/KK Mitchell Award:
Daniel Cox (West Midlands).
Olly Keeys (Yorkshire).
Table Official of the Year/Bill Taylor Award:
Rebecca Leighton (North East).
Claire Atkins (West Midlands).
Statistician of the Year:
Luke Orwin (North East).
Owen Parker (South West).
Teacher of the Year:
Matt Russell (West Midlands).
Russell Smith (East Midlands).
Fionnuala Duhaney-Keown (London).
School of the Year:
Holy Trinity School (South East).
Unity City Academy (North East).
Media/Photographer of the Year:
Aiesha Charles (South East).
Ezra Rollinson (South).
Inspiring Female/Bev Guymon Award:
Susan Hunter (North East).
Vicky Milner (South).
Harriet Welham (East).
There will also be 11 recipients of special ‘Services to Basketball’ awards, which acknowledge people that have shown commitment and sacrificed their time over the years to grow the game.
This year’s awards have had a much-needed refresh – with a new, game-wide approach – and aim to acknowledge and say thank you to all the volunteers doing great things for our sport by giving them the recognition they richly deserve.
The awards will be presented at the Basketball England Volunteer Award Dinner as part of the new Basketball England Game Conference next month.
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