Our borough is fortunate to have a very strong sporting community, which is often demonstrated in competition. The borough council, Basingstoke Sports Council, Basingstoke Sports Trust, Basingstoke Community Leisure Trust, Destination Basingstoke, Breeze FM and various local sponsors all play a big part in recognising and support this at the annual Sports Awards.
The annual Sports Awards are coordinated by Basingstoke Sports Council and hosted by the Apollo Hotel. The awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of clubs, teams, coaches, officials and individuals involved in sport locally. Full details of these awards and previous winners are available at http://www.basingstokelsc.org.uk/
The borough council allocates funds for grant aid for the support and development of local sportsmen and women. The Basingstoke Sports Trust (Sports Centre) and Community Leisure Trust (Aquadrome and Tadley Pool) also award scholarships to a selection of top athletes, which provide them with free access to a personal trainer at their respective facilities.
To find out more information about the Grant Aid scheme and to get an application form, please visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/sportsfunding
- Club of the year
Each year clubs from within Basingstoke and Deane are encouraged to put themselves in the running for the prestigious Club of the Year award by submitting details of their achievements over the last year. The award recognises clubs who have demonstrated excellence in the management and development of the club, in addition to their results in competition.
The Club of the Year Award encourages clubs to think about how their club can continue to improve the service to its members in the future. The Health and Wellbeing Team and Basingstoke Sports Council are committed to helping clubs develop, and information and advice surrounding club development can be found on both our sports development webpages and www.basingstokelsc.org.uk . Alternatively more information can be found at www.sportengland.org or on your sports own National Governing Body website.
The winner of the Club of the Year award will receive a cheque for £250.
- Sports Coach of the Year
This award recognises the efforts of those that we rely on to provide sport in our local community. If you know a coach whose enthusiasm, involvement and success throughout the year has been exceptional then please take the time to nominate them in this category. Nominations are welcome whether you’re an athlete who would like to give something back to a coach that has gone the extra mile to help you, or a committee member who would like to recognise the commitment of the coaches in your club. This award is split in to two categories:
- Voluntary Coach of the Year.
- Professional Coach of the Year.
The overall winner of this award will receive a cheque for £100.
- Team of the Year
This award is divided in to the two categories of junior (U18) and senior team. Nominations are welcomed from any team based in the borough. It can include school or college teams, a league representative side or a club that has performed particularly well throughout the year.
- Service to Sport
Do you have people within your league, club or sports organisation who work exceptionally hard to ensure the club and sport is successful each year? The service to sport award recognises the achievements of those people who have involved themselves in local sports clubs on a longstanding basis.
- Official of the Year
Sports officials in Basingstoke and Deane contribute countless hours to ensure sports competitions run successfully and fairly. This is your chance to nominate both your junior (U18) and senior official of the year.
- Sports Volunteer of the Year
Recognition is also given to the important volunteers in local sport at both junior (U18) and senior level. This award is open to all those who volunteer their time to local sport. This could include anyone from committee members, grounds men or juniors on sports leader’s schemes.
- Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
More and more people with disabilities are now taking part in a wide range of sports, with many also competing in mainstream competitions. Juniors, seniors and veterans can be nominated for this award.
- Junior/Senior Sportsman and Woman of the Year
All applicants for Grant Aid are automatically considered for the Junior, Senior and Disabled Sportsperson of the year categories at both the Basingstoke and County Sports Awards. Please note that athletes aged 25 and over and others who do not fulfil the grant aid criteria are still welcome to be nominated for the sports awards and can do so by completing section A of the relevant form.
More information on the Sports Grant Aid and Scholarships scheme can be found at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/sportsfunding
- Veteran Sportsman and Woman of the Year
These awards recognise people competing as veterans or masters who are still excelling in their sport. The awards are open to both male and females competing in sport at county level equivalent and above.
- Primary and Secondary School of the Year
This award recognises those schools which excel at providing good sports provision for their pupils. Nominations can be made referencing curriculum development, PE results, out of school hours provision, leadership and volunteering, health and fitness, club links, inclusion and success of sports teams.
All nominations for the above awards should be made on the official nomination forms. These will be available on this page when nominations open in September 2018. They must then be sent preferably by email to email@example.com or by post to:
Basingstoke Sports Council
3 Dragonfly Drive
Tel: 07796 491667
Alternatively, for more information, please contact Amy Sambell at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01256 845752.
On 23 February 2018, 150 individuals attended the prestigious Sports Awards dinner. The following people, teams and clubs won their categories for their efforts and achievements during 2017:
|Junior Sportswoman||Kaitlin Lafferty (Gymnastics)|
|Junior Sportsman||Iain Foster (Gymnastics)|
|Junior Volunteer||Tom Jackson (Cricket & Football)|
|Sporting Primary School||St Mary's C of E Junior School|
|Sporting Secondary School||Bishops Challoner Secondary School|
|Senior Sportswoman||Daisy Coleman (Powerboat Racing)|
|Veteran Sportswoman||Liz Ferioli (Kickboxing)|
|Senior Sportsman||Owen Richardson (Athletics)|
|Veteran Sportsman||Morris Dick (Swimming)|
|Senior Volunteer||Sue Pett (Athletics)|
|Junior Team||Basingstoke U11 District Football Team|
|Senior Team||Basingstoke Bluefins Masters|
|Gazette Sports Personality||Aaron Craft (Ice Hockey)|
|Service to Sport||Carol Chandler (Ice Hockey)|
|Volunteer Coach||Ian Cameron/Keone Crockwell (Swimming)|
|Professional Coach||Kevin Hall (Brazilian Jui Titsu & Taekwondo)|
|Club of the Year||Wessex Wyvern Modern Pentathlon Club|
Given the wealth of talent and dedication in the local sporting community, a special Civic Sports Awards Reception was held. This recognised the efforts and achievements of other individuals and volunteers involved in sport.
County Sports Awards
The county awards, organised by Energise Me took place on Thursday 8 March 2018. Congratulations to the borough’s six individuals and teams who were shortlisted for this year:
- Club of the Year – Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletics Club
- Official of the Year – Anne Flitcroft (Athletics)
- Senior Sportsperson of the Year - Owen Richardson (Athletics)
- School of the Year - Bishop Challoner Secondary School
- Volunteer of the Year - Tom Jackson (Cricket)
- Coach of the Year – Lindsey Andrews (Martial Arts)
Particular congratulations to Lindsey who won her category! You can see a complete list of the 2018 nominees and winners by visiting Energise Me website.