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Young Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a young coach to getting more people starting, staying and/or succeeding in sport through high quality coaching.

This category is restricted to volunteer and part-time paid coaches only (<15 hrs per week), with expectations higher for the latter. What we're looking for: • Evidence of creativity and determination in development as a coach.

• Evidence of the provision of opportunities and dedicated support to performers to help them reach their goals.

• Examples of innovative practice.

• Evidence of the wider impact the coach has on the participants / performers they coach (such as personal development, health and well-being and educational attainment).

Recognised coaching qualifications required.

Minimum age 16, under 25 years.

For achievements between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.

Community Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach to getting more people starting, staying and/or succeeding in sport through high quality coaching.

This category is restricted to volunteer coaches only.

What we’re looking for:

• Evidence of the impact the coach has had on widening access to sport through coaching.

• Evidence of working within a specific community, particularly low-participation groups.

• Evidence of how the coach safeguards their athlete(s), and provides suitable coaching to meet their needs at their current stage of development.

• Examples of innovative practice.

• Evidence of the wider impact the coach has on the participants / performers they coach (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).

Recognised coaching qualification required.

For achievements between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.

Young Volunteer of the Year

This award is for an individual who devotes their time to support, develop or champion sport.

What we’re looking for:

• They give up their time to lead, inspire and support more people to participate in sport – by officiating at matches, running events, undertaking administrative or support roles.

• Acting as role models and encouraging others to do sport.

• These individuals are the heartbeat of Welsh sport.

• Evidence of the wider impact on participants (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).

Nominations should be for volunteers working at a school, community, regional, national or international level in non -coaching roles.

Minimum age 9 and under 25.

Parental consent required for nomination.

For achievements between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.

Volunteer of the Year

This award is for an individual who devotes their time to support, develop or champion sport.

What we’re looking for:

• They give up their time to lead, inspire and support more people to participate in sport – By officiating at matches, running events, undertaking administrative or support roles. Acting as role models and encouraging others to do sport. These individuals are the heartbeat of Welsh sport.

• Evidence of the wider impact on the participants they coach (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).

Nominations should be for volunteers working at a school, community, regional, national or international level in a non-coaching role.

For achievements between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.

Coach to Disabled People of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach to getting more disabled sportspeople starting, staying and/or succeeding in sport through high quality coaching.

What we’re looking for:

• Evidence of the impact the coach has had on widening access to sport for disabled people.

• Evidence of providing opportunities and/or dedicated support within a mainstream sporting environment or a dedicated disability sport environment.

• Evidence of appropriate player-centred engagement and excellent coaching.

• Examples of innovative practice.

• Evidence of the wider impact the coach has on the participants / performers they coach (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).

Nominations should be for coaches working at a community level. This category is restricted to volunteer coaches only.

Recognised coaching qualification required.

For achievements between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016.

BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year (more information on voting will be available soon)

The award, voted by the public from a list of candidates selected by the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year panel, is given to the person whom, it is felt, has achieved most in Welsh sport over the past year.

Coach of the Year (not open for nominations)

This award looks for evidence of a player centred approach leading to successful performance within sport at the highest level.

What we’re looking for evidence of:

• Evidence of player-centred development leading to successful performance.

• Evidence of national or international achievements by the athletes being coached.

• Examples of innovative practice (such as use of technology).

Open to coaches coaching athletes at high performance level in their sport (national and international).

Nominees can be Welsh, Welsh nationals coaching in a country outside Wales or a coach to Welsh sportspeople.

Team of the Year (not open for nominations)

For the team in an individual sport or sporting discipline that has achieved the most notable performance in the past 12 months. The team should represent Wales or be based in Wales.

Sport Wales and BBC Cymru Wales will nominate teams for this category and the winners will be chosen by Wales Sport Awards Panel.

BBC Cymru Wales Unsung Hero

This category is linked to the BBC Network, with a BBC Cymru Wales led nomination process. More details will be posted on this website.

Lifetime Achievement Award - (Elite) (not open for nominations)

This category will be awarded at the Wales Sport Awards panel’s discretion and is reserved for those individuals that have dedicated a lifetime to sport in Wales.

Lifetime Achievement Award (Community)

This award is for an individual who devotes their time to coach, support, develop or champion sport in their community over a number of years.

What we’re looking for:

• A lifetime’s dedication to improving community life in any sporting situation – from coaching, officiating to washing the kit, driving the team bus, preparing refreshments or even maintaining the grounds.

• They have been instrumental in recruiting other people to help out in sport to enable the club or sporting organisation grow.

• Examples of innovative practice.

• Examples of programmes or legacies which have enabled the coach’s work to be continued.

• Evidence of the wider impact the coach has on the participants / performers they coach (such as personal development, health and wellbeing and educational attainment).

Nominations should be for volunteers working at a community level. This category is restricted to volunteers only.

For successful achievements over a number of years.

Carwyn James Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year (not open for nominations)

To recognise a young Welsh sports personality based on their achievements to date, with priority given to the calendar year of the awards.

The award is open to Under 18 performance athletes for achievements during the period from 1 September 2015 – August 31 2016.

Sport Wales will nominate the winners of this category to the Wales Sport Awards panel.

Success in the Awards depends on two factors: the quality of sporting achievements, coaching or volunteering demonstrated by the candidate and the quality of the nomination itself.

The nomination process is straightforward but to do justice to the person you’re nominating, please follow this advice:

  • Check the judging criteria to ensure you’re making a nomination in the right category.
  • Follow the golden rule and tell the story about achievements and impact, providing further detail to back this up.
  • Follow the category guidance for what we’re looking for.
  • Bring the nomination to life with examples of how the volunteer or coach has made a real difference to your club or sport, preferably both, with statistics/results and quotes from some of their athletes.
  • Include evidence of how the volunteer or coach has left a legacy, within the sport or local environment. This could be through lasting opportunities available to participants or a long-term enhancement to the sport.
  • The judging panel can only take into account information on the nomination form so please don’t include any attachments.

Please note that certain categories are restricted to volunteers or part-time paid coaches only.
Governing body endorsement should be sought prior to submission.