Criteria

 

BEDSA 2019 Key Dates:

w/c Monday 4th February – Nominations open

Thursday 28th February – Nominations close

Monday 18th March – Voting opens

Sunday 31st March – Voting closes

Saturday 6 April – The BEDSAs

 

Celebrating its fifth year, the BEDSAs provide a unique opportunity to celebrate and reward Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) sporting excellence - to help increase sports participation by BAME communities and inspire the next generation of sporting talent.

Do you know an individual or organisation who should be recognised for their outstanding achievements and contribution to sport? Then why not nominate them for the 2019 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs). 

Before you nominate someone for an award, please read this.

How to nominate someone for an award

The nomination process is simple, but please read the guidelines below to help you submit your nomination.

  1. Ensure the person you are nominating is from a British BAME background as determined by the National Office of Statistics categories. i.e. British Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, other Asian); British Black/African/Caribbean; Mixed/ multiple ethnic group; Other ethnic group.
  2. Check the full range of Awards to ensure you are making a nomination in the right category.
  3. Read the ‘Award Criteria’ and ensure you provide clear evidence and examples for each of the bullet-pointed criteria when making your nomination.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 28 February at midnight so please ensure your nominations are submitted before this date.

Award Categories

Young Sports Person of the Year Award       

This award recognises significant progress and considerable achievement(s) made in the past 12 months in their chosen sport.

Award Criteria:

  • Is 20 or under as of 1 January 2018
  • Has made significant achievements in their chosen sport over the past 12 months (from January 2018 to December 2018) and reached a high accolade
  • Has shown dedication, commitment and passion for their chosen sport
  • Has dedicated time to support local communities and initiatives 
  • Is an inspiration and positive role model for BAME communities

Nominate 

Unsung Champion of the Year          

This award recognises outstanding contribution from an individual in grassroots sport and is looking to identify the BAME volunteer of the year

Award Criteria:

  • Is working on a voluntary (unpaid) basis.
  • Has volunteered within a specific community, particularly low-participation groups
  • Has dedicated substantial time and commitment to their chosen sport
  • Has significantly increased participation, developed sport and made a significant impact within the local community
  • Is committed to continued professional development
  • B. Please include the name of the organisation(s)/club(s) that the nominee volunteers for within your nomination submission

 

Nominate 

Coach of the Year Award                   

This award recognises the achievements of a coach working with elite athletes at the highest level of performance in sport.

Award Criteria:

  • Is a qualified coach and working at an elite level
  • Has helped somebody successfully perform through a player-centred development approach
  • Has helped somebody achieve nationally and/ or internationally
  • Has examples of innovative practice
  • Has dedicated substantial time and commitment to their chosen sport
  • Is an inspiration and role model for BAME communities

Nominate 

UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year Award          

This award recognises a special sporting performance from a British BAME athlete during the past 12 months (January 2018 – December 2018)

Award Criteria:

  • Is involved in elite sport
  • Has been involved in a memorable sporting moment(s)
  • Has received considerable media exposure due to their performance
  • Has inspired others to get involved in sport
  • Has overcome personal challenges to succeed in their chosen sport

Nominate 

Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year Award          

This award recognises a project/ organisation that has developed and delivered interventions in the past 12 months (January 2018 – December 2018) and has demonstrated a significant impact to increasing participation amongst BAME communities.

Award Criteria:

  • Is predominantly engaging BAME communities
  • Has used innovation, creativity in engaging BAME communities
  • Has significantly increased participation in sport and physical activity (with evidence of more people participating/staying/succeeding in sport as a result of the intervention)
  • Can demonstrate sustainability and a clear legacy

Nominate 

Sportsman of the Year Award                       

This award recognises and honours the achievements and elite performance of a male sportsperson who has excelled within their chosen sport.

Award Criteria:

  • Has made considerable sporting achievements over the past 12 months
  • Is committed, dedicated and passionate about their chosen sport
  • Has increased awareness of BAME communities in their chosen sport
  • Is a role model and inspiration to BAME communities
  • Has used their own achievements and experiences to have a positive impact on others

Nominate 

Sportswoman of the Year Award                  

This award recognises and honours the achievements and elite performance of a female sportsperson who has excelled within their chosen sport.

Award Criteria:

  • Has made considerable sporting achievements over the past 12 months
  • Is committed, dedicated and passionate about their chosen sport
  • Has increased awareness of BAME communities in their chosen sport
  • Is a role model and inspiration to BAME communities
  • Has used their own achievements and experiences to have a positive impact on others

Nominate 

Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award

This award recognises a project that has had a significant impact on bringing communities together through sport or physical activity at a local level.

Award Criteria:

  • Has engaged at least 2 different faith/ethnic/race groups and increased their participation in sport and physical activity
  • Has significantly increased social cohesion in the local community through sport and physical activity – with the sport activity increasing social interaction and integration
  • Has created better understanding between faith/ethnic/race groups through sport and physical activity (breaking down myths and perceptions between groups).
  • Has demonstrated creative approaches to engage and deliver their project

Nominate 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement award honors someone who has made a major impact on the world of sport during their lifetime. There are no personal nominations or votes for this category, however suggestions are more than welcome.

Award Criteria:

  • Has been involved and had a successful career in elite sport for at least 10 years (including significant achievements in sport over their lifetime)
  • Has shown outstanding commitment, dedication and enthusiasm towards sport
  • Is a role model and inspiration to others
  • Has made a positive impact on BAME communities 
  • Has increased participation in sport and physical activity through supporting communities and/or rising athletes (e.g. specific programmes and/ or legacy programmes which have enabled the nominee’s work to be continued).

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 28th February at midnight - please ensure your nominations are submitted before this date. 

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