Criteria

Nominating someone for an award? – Please read this first

BEDSA Timetable:
11th December 2017 – Nominations Open
22nd January 2018 – Nominations close
25th January 2018– Shortlisting Panel meet
29th January 2018 (w/c) – Finalists Announced and Voting opens
21st February 2018 – Judges meet at UK Sport Offices
12th March 2018 – Voting closes
24th March – BEDSA Awards Night

The BEDSAs provide a unique opportunity to recognise and reward sporting excellence among Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) sportsmen and women, to help increase sports participation by BAME communities and inspire the next generation of sporting talent.

The nomination process is straightforward, but to do justice to the person, project or club you are nominating, please follow this advice:

  • Check the judging criteria to ensure you’re making a nomination in the right category
  • Ensure the nominee is from a British BAME background as determined by 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 (e.g. Arab, Polish)
  • Follow the golden rule of journalism and tell the story about achievement and impact in your first paragraph of Section 3 of the Nomination Form, providing further detail to back this up
  • Read the “Nominee Criteria” bullet points and ensure you cover each of these in your nomination
  • Bring the nomination to life with examples. E.g.How a real difference has been made, preferably with statistics / results and quotes from relevant people/organisations
  • Include evidence of any legacy within the sport or local environment. This could be through lasting opportunities available to participants or a long-term enhancement to the sport.
  • If appropriate, use the Additional supporting information box for any further detail which makes your candidate/project/club stand out from all the others who have been nominated
  • The judging panel can only take into account information on the nomination form, so please don’t include any attachments.

Judging Criteria

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.

Nominee criteria:

  • Is aged 20 or under on the date of the awards
  • Has made significant achievements in their chosen sport over the past 12 months reaching 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 Hero Award

This award recognises outstanding contribution from an individual in grassroots sport

Nominee criteria:

  • Is working on a voluntary basis
  • Has significantly increased participation, developed sport and made a significant impact within the local community
  • Evidence of the impact on widening access to their chosen sport
  • Evidence of working within a specific community, particularly low-participation groups
  • Has dedicated substantial time and commitment to their chosen sport
  • Is an inspiration and role model for others
  • Is committed to continued professional development
  • Has played an integral role in nurturing, developing and increasing participation in their chosen sport

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.

Nominee Criteria:

  • Is a qualified coach
  • Evidence of player-centred development leading to successful performance
  • Evidence of national or international achievements by the athletes being coached
  • Examples of innovative practice
  • Has dedicated substantial time and commitment to their chosen sport
  • Is an inspiration and role model for BAME communities

Nominate 

Inspirational Performance of the Year Award

This award recognises a special sporting moment from a British BAME athlete during the past 12 months

Nominee 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 

Community Sports Project of the Year Award

This award recognises an organisation that has developed and delivered interventions in the past 12 months and has demonstrated a significant impact to increasing participation amongst BAME communities in England.

Nomination criteria:

  • Is predominantly engaging BAME communities
  • Has been successful and effective in meeting project targets
  • Has significantly increased participation in sport and physical activity
  • Has used innovation, creativity in engaging BAME communities
  • Has developed relationships with other organisations/stakeholders
  • Evidence that this is a project or programme, operating on a national, regional or local level
  • Evidence of more people participating/staying/succeeding in sport as a result of the intervention
  • Evidence of innovative practice/legacy/new and sustained opportunities through the running of this project or programme
  • Evidence of the impact on a particular area of the community in which this project or programme is delivered
  • Evidence of sustainability and clear legacy

Nominate 

Sportsman of the Year Award

Nominee criteria:

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

Nominate 

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Nominee criteria:

  • Has made considerable achievements over the past 12 months achieving their highest accolade
  • Is a role model and inspiration to BAME communities
  • Is committed dedicated and passionate about chosen sport
  • Has used achievements and experiences to have a positive impact on others

Nominate 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement award honours someone who has made a major impact on the world of sport during their lifetime. There is no vote. It is in the gift of the Judging Panel to choose the winner.

Nominee criteria:

  • Examples of programmes or legacies which have enabled the nominee’s work to be continued.
  • Has been involved in sport for over 25 years having had a successful career and has carried on this success in supporting communities and rising athletes
  • Has made significant achievements over their lifetime
  • Has shown outstanding commitment , dedication and enthusiasm
  • Has made a significant impact in increasing participation in sport and physical activity
  • Is a role model and inspiration to others
  • Has made a positive impact on BAME communities 

Nominate 

Connecting Communities Award

This award recognises an organisation/individual/project that has had a significant impact on bringing communities together through sport or physical activity at a local level in England.

Nominee criteria:

  • Has engaged at least 2 different faith/ethnic/race groups
  • Has had a significant impact on the local community on social cohesion
  • Has increased participation in sport and physical activity for well being
  • Has created better understanding between faith/ethnic groups
  • Has demonstrated creative approaches to engage and deliver their project
  • Has broken down myths and perceptions between groups
  • Sporting activity demonstrates social interaction and integration of the groups

Nominate 

SERVES Community Tennis Project of the Year 

 

About this Award - SERVES Community Tennis Project of the Year

This award recognises an organisation that has developed and delivered their SERVES programme over the last 12 months and has demonstrated a significant impact to increasing participation amongst young people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in tennis.

 Nomination criteria

  • The SERVES programme is predominantly engaging young people from BAME communities
  • Has been successful and effective in meeting project targets
  • Has significantly increased participation in tennis in tennis
  • Has used innovation and creativity in engaging young people
  • Has developed relationships with other organisations/stakeholders
  • Evidence of more young people retained and succeeding in sport as a result of SERVES.
  • Evidence of long-term plans for the SERVES programme and sustainability.

Nominate 

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