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Sports Awards 2020

Thank you to everyone who was part of the 2020 Sports Awards, which was hosted virtually on YouTube. We had so many amazing nominees, guest presenters and people cheering on our worthy winners, so thank you and congratulations!

Missed the 2020 awards and want to watch it? You can still see the video on our YouTube channel.


Check out the photos from Sports Awards 2019 on our Facebook.

Nomination Procedure

Awards are decided upon based on the given criteria and decided by a panel including the Guild’s Sports Officer, Club Development, Performance Centre and the Director of Sport.

Nominations are now closed for the 2019/20 academic year.

Club Colours are non-performance-based and awarded to individuals based on a member’s contribution beyond their established role. Nomination forms must demonstrate how the individuals have gone beyond their current role, with suggested areas below. Please note Club Colours are only awarded once.

  • Instrumental in the day to day running of the club.
  • Contribution to the club’s development
  • Involved with fundraising and/or attracting sponsorship for the club
  • Promoting the club and its activities
  • Instrumental in implementing UBS policies and encouraging good practice (e.g. in health & safety)

New for 2019, this award will acknowledge and celebrate the diversity and inclusion of sport within our clubs.

The subject of the nomination form should correlate to the successful implementation of your club’s development plan and objectives to improve equality and diversity within your club.

Examples could include:

  • Invite elite level athlete from a diverse background to deliver a training session and to speak at an open event
  • Actively engaging underrepresented groups in sport and widening participation
  • Exploring ways to engage hard-to-reach groups of students
  • Working in partnership with societies to deliver impact through events, campaigns or initiatives
  • Organise a joint-taster session with BAME/LGBT during Black /LGBT+ History Months
  • Actively engaging in University-wide (inc. Guild of Students) campaigns throughout the year (e.g. Not On Campaign)

This award is based on the success in all areas of a club.  The subject of the nomination form should correlate to the successful implementation of your club’s development plan and objectives in all areas: participation, performance, leadership and sustainability.

Clubs will need to demonstrate the impact that has been made – e.g. rather than saying something was ‘really good’, state what made it really good in numbers and feedback.

This must be either the club’s first team or highest ranked team. Specify the achievements of the team during the year and include any individual achievements who were members of that team e.g. selection for World University Games, Home Nations. Team performance can be in BUCS or non-BUCS competition.
BUCS team finalists/ number of individual finalists

  • Number of club members selected to represent at international competition
  • Development as a performance team/ sustaining champion status


Please indicate club’s results from previous years when these consolidate the club’s achievement.

This award recognises qualities of our volunteers. Nominees must demonstrate excellent organisation; a passion to develop sport; an ability to inspire other people and conscientious approach to developing UBSport.

Previous winners include:

  • Natalie Caughtry: Her drive and enthusiasm in leading the Gymnastics and Trampolining club led to one of their most successful years to date. Having decided not to split the club into their respective disciplines, Natalie’s organisation of other committee members led to great communication and understanding of shared goals and strengths.
  • Pandora Lefroy: Worked with UBSport staff members to ensure that the first ever Hockey club vs Intramural league was a huge success as well as utilising her organisational skills for the Hockey club for fixtures and training.

For the person, student or non-student who is regarded as having made the most outstanding contribution to club sport through their role as a coach. This may be evidenced through performance, progression and/or commitment:

  • Works with the club committee to direct the development of the club
  • Assists club member’s personal development
  • Contributes to the club’s and/or individuals’ excellent performance in competition

This award is for outstanding contribution towards UoB Sport & Fitness. The contribution can be towards any area of UBSport and should not be limited to club activity. Please list any significant achievements by the individual or ways in which they have contributed towards the improvement of UBSport, listing all instances where they have gone beyond the call of duty.

Previous recipients have included:

  • Steve Johnson: Steve sat on the Fencing committee over a number of years and was instrumental in running their inter-University competitions during this time. He also represented his sport as a student chair on BUCS Advisory Committee for Archery for several years and ran BUCS indoor Championships in the process.
  • Joan Whitehouse: Joan is a volunteer coach to the fencing club, and a constant source of support, encouragement and advice to the student club officers. She represents fencing on the Regional Governing Bodies Forum as a volunteer amongst a mainly paid workforce, and always supports the fencing interests of the University at regional & national levels.

An award based on the individual’s level of performance. Candidates must meet at least one of the below:

  • Has been awarded a BUCS* Individual medal
  • Has been awarded a BUCS* team Championship (i.e. not Trophy or Shield) gold medal

* A non-BUCS equivalent at the highest level is also accepted, e.g. senior-level representation

An award based on the individual’s level of performance. Candidates should have competed in BUCS competitions where possible and must meet at least one of the below:

  • Has competed internationally for/whilst studying at the University of Birmingham
  • Has made an outstanding contribution to HE Sport on an international level

International representation refers to full representation – being involved in a tour squad will not be accepted. Nominations go to a panel to be considered – you should not presume an award will be made based on submission of the form. Please note Full Blues are only awarded once.

If there is any confusion as to which representative award an individual is eligible for then please contact detailing all of the achievements made by the individual.

The highest individual accolade awarded by University of Birmingham in recognition of the very highest sporting level. The individual must:

  • Hold GB/National Ranking or equivalent
  • Be a student at the University of Birmingham undergoing at least 60 credits