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Best Sports Venue
This award is for the best overall sports venue. With a design that suits the needs of participants and spectators; demonstrable sustainability; accessibility, flexibility. The winning venue will have a clear recognition of history and tradition where appropriate but will be modern in function. Diverse revenue streams and uses are important but only if they come without compromise to the venue’s sporting purpose.
Best Sports Governing Body Initiative
This award is to recognise a governing body initiative which has been effective in achieving its outcomes with defined and measurable success. Examples might include fan engagement, promotion of the sport the body represents or encouragement of participation. Judges will be looking for an initiative which has notable and sustainable positive impacts on the sport.
Best Sports Event of the Year
This award is to recognise the best sporting event of the year from both a commercial and fan perspective. Judges will be looking above all for innovation and an event which received a positive response (including attendee numbers, engagement and feedback) as well as enhanced brand awareness. Entries will be considered from events of any size and from any sport.
Best Mass Participation Event
This award is to recognise mass participation sporting events. Judges will be looking for an event which received a positive response (including attendee numbers, engagement and feedback), enhanced brand awareness and delivered a high quality participant experience.
Best Match (or Game) Day Experience
This award is for the best match/game day experience delivered to fans and spectators who were in attendance. The judges will be looking for efforts to enhance spectator enjoyment and engagement resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. There should be evidence of high quality of service before, during and post-match/game with excellent customer service to all spectators regardless of team allegiance.
Best Fan Engagement Programme
Evidence should show creative programmes used to engage and interact with fans. Judges will be looking for unique programmes used to communicate effectively and produce positive results and genuine feedback from fans. Clear examples of success quality and quantity of engagement should be provided along with evidence of sustainability.
Best Non-Match (or Game) Day use of Venue
This award will recognise venue use for activities other than sporting matches or games. Events could include exhibitions, conferences, award ceremonies, musical, cultural and other events. The judges will be looking for excellent management, innovative ideas and commercial success.
Best Club CSR or Community Scheme
Open to all club CSR or community schemes in sport. Judges will be looking for dedication to and understanding of local communities alongside positive impacts on these from CSR activities. Evidence should include measurable success, a high level of engagement and an ongoing legacy.
Sports Innovation Award
This award is to recognise innovation in organisations, projects or innovative ideas from individuals. It could include innovative products or services, innovation in the community, within a sporting business and more. Judges will be looking for innovation used to positively impact sport/society and long term positive impacts from the innovation.
Sports Leadership Award
Sport produces great examples of leadership on the field of play, but this award is for outstanding examples of leadership in the boardroom. This category can be entered by an individual or a leadership team. Judges will be looking for strong leadership which has transformed the fortunes of a club or other sporting organisation or an entire sport.
Best Professional Services Firm in Sport
This award is open to law firms, accountants, architects and other professional service providers. Judges will be looking for dedication, applied knowledge and a deep understanding of the business of sport.
Best Business Serving Sport – split by Service / Product
This award is open to any company working in and around sport. Judges will be looking for positive customer response and outstanding product/ service, supply and innovation. Clear examples of innovative solutions and staff knowledge and dedication.
Best in Sports Media
Media and sport are symbiotic. In the digital age the breadth of media working with and serving sport is greater than ever before. This award could go to a media owner, an individual publication, website, newspaper or TV programme. The recipient will have demonstrated total focus on their sporting cause and engagement with their audience.
Sports City of the Year
Cities are have always been a vital part of sport, but with the increasing importance of host cities for major sporting events and the need to incorporate and sustain legacy the relationship has never been more important. This award will recognise the town or city that places sport at the heart of civic life with genuine examples of commitment to supporting sport at all levels of the community and all levels of participation.
Sports Tech of the Year – for Sport and in Sport
We live in an age of technology. Technology plus sport offers huge opportunities and huge challenges. This award will recognise technology in action in or around sport which has demonstrably positive outcomes on customer experience or commercial profitability.
Best Sports Club / Sports Event Hospitality
This award is for high levels of quality customer service and delivery of hospitality which contributes to match day/event experience. Judges will be looking for enhanced experiences due to this with consideration to the costs and finances of the hospitality.
Best Match / Game Day Catering
This award is for quality catering and service on match/game days. The judges will be looking for evidence of high quality food served in a timely manner at costumer-friendly prices. Examples should also be provided of how the catering is aligned with the context of the individual sport and venue.
Best Sports Organisation to Work For
This award is to recognise the organisations in sport which go above and beyond to support their employees. Employees and suppliers can nominate organisation they work for (or have worked for) who they think is worthy of recognition.
Only one vote per person is allowed. This award is free to enter. The judges will take into account the number of nominations but will also be looking at all the reasoning behind the vote.
Best Sports Charity (or best use of sport by a charity)
The power of sport to do good and change the world is unmatched. This award for a charitable organisation or a sports organisation working with a charity, will be selected based on clear evidence of outcome and change and not simply funds raised.
Best Marketing / Commercial team
This award is for a particular marketing or commercial team in sport. Judges will be looking for outstanding successes as a result of a highly skilled workforce and strong teamwork.
Best Operations Team
This award is for a particular operations team in sport whether in team, supplier, permanent facility of overlay. Judges will be looking for outstanding successes as a result of a highly skilled workforce and strong teamwork.
Best Equipment Manufacturer
Equipment from shoes and clothing, to bats, racquets, balls, nets and seats has always been a vital part of sport. This awarded recognises dedication, innovation and commitment to athletes; the judges will be looking for all of the above in this category.