Basketball England are proud to announce that 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, these awards are another way to recognise the work of people who give their time to make basketball a success and for us to say thank you!
After a brilliant evening at Manchester Met University, the 2018 awards evening capped a great day for the sport after the Game Conference and Basketball England AGM.
categories & WINNERS.
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.
The National winner of this category received the Harry Errington Award for Volunteer of the Year.
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.
The National winner of this category received the Brian Dobson Award for Young Volunteer of the Year.
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.
The National winner of this category received the Dave Fisher Award for Children's Coach of the Year.
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.
The National winner of this category received the John Sage Award for Coach of the Year.
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 received the Mary Clark Award for 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 received 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.
The National winner of this category received the KK Mitchell Award for Young Official of the Year.
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 received 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.
There were also 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.
Tim Brown MBE
Patricia Fairclough OBE
The St Marthe Family