Sport, particularly at grassroots level, is teeming with unsung heroes. Amateur sports clubs and competition cannot function without people – unpaid volunteers – working together; coaches, officials, players, and also those behind the scenes who too often go unrecognised. In September England Netball will host The Goalden Globe Awards, an annual celebration of all those who make such an outstanding contribution to the sport all year round.
The Goalden Globes – see what they’ve done there? – begins recognising volunteers at a regional level, before culminating in September’s national awards ceremony. There are eleven categories in which to nominate your picks, and the deadline for regional nominations is 1st May 2016. Regional winners will then be put forward for the national award.
By making a Goalden Globe nomination you could be making somebody very happy
At last year’s ceremony, Jean Leigh of Trafford Juniors Netball Club scooped the Grassroots Coach of the Year award and Jean later spoke to KUDOS about how much the award meant to her. People like Jean don’t get involved in grassroots sport to receive awards, but by nominating your unsung hero you could wind up making somebody very proud and happy indeed.
The categories are as follows:
- Grassroots Coach Award – Download the Grassroots Coach Award Nomination Form
- Grassroots Official Award – Download the Grassroots Official Award Nomination Form
- Muriel McNally Grassroots Award – Download the Muriel McNally Award Nomination Form
- Mary Bulloch Administrator Award – Download the Mary Bulloch Administrator Award
- Teacher Award – Download the Teacher Award Nomination Form
- Young Volunteer Award – Download the Young Volunteer Award Nomination Form
- Outstanding Netball Club Award – Download the Outstanding Netball Club Award Nomination Form
- Unsung Hero Award – Download the Unsung Hero Award Nomination Form
Before submitting nominations, you should refer to the Information Pack for 2016 Award Nominations, this pack explains the nomination process, deadlines, and key points for consideration when making your nomination. Download the Goalden Globes 2016 Information Booklet.
Nominations are also sought for a trio of awards that will be awarded nationally only:
- Inclusion & Diversity Award – Download the Inclusive Award Nomination Form
- England Netball Rose Award – Download the Rose Award Nomination Form
- England Netball National Long Service Award – Download the Long Service Award Nomination Form
Nomination forms should be sent either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Kat Valk, Volunteer Manager, England Netball, Netball House, 1-12 Old Park Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2JR.
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