Spirit of Sport Awards
Sponsored by Perth and Kinross Sports Council
Across Perth and Kinross sports clubs, groups, organisations, athletes, volunteers and coaches have been working hard to keep communities active throughout the lockdown. In addition, some have turned their hand to supporting their communities and those most vulnerable in these challenging times. In a period where many of us lacked motivation, these individuals and groups have proved to be an inspiration.
The Live Active Sports Development Team have created the Spirit of Sport Awards to recognise the efforts and achievements of all of these groups and individuals. With little competitive sport in 2020, there will be no Perth and Kinross Sports Personality of the Year 2020 Awards. Instead, awards will be given to those who have made an impact on their community and members through their creativity and determination in the face of adversity.
Community Sport Hub Officer Hazel Donaldson said: "with such huge disruption to sport in 2020 it was, and still is, an incredible honour to be able to support clubs in Perth and Kinross during this time. Through our club connect calls we heard so many amazing stories of volunteers keeping their members engaged through activities, competitions and quizzes that we knew we had to find a way to recognise those efforts formally. We really hope that club members and individuals will nominate their lockdown heroes while we take a year off from our usual Sports Personality of the Year awards, and we look forward to receiving and reading applications.”
Award categories for clubs, groups and other sporting organisations include:
The Creative Activity Award
For a sports organisation who, in the face of adversity, used their creativity to keep members and participants engaged at a time when normal sessions could not take place. And by doing this, supported their members wellbeing whilst motivating them to keep fit and healthy in safe ways.
The Community Support Award
For sports organisations who have used their existing position in their community to go above and beyond; reaching out to those most needing help and providing a service to the vulnerable.
The Inspirational Volunteer Award
An award for a volunteer that has contributed an outstanding amount of time and creativity to their own sporting organization, and was key in redesigning a sports organization to allow for a form of return to activity.
The Community Inspiration Award
For someone who has proved to be an inspiration to their community by doing something such as using their creativity to make others active, completing an outstanding feat to raise money or overcoming significant challenges but stayed positive throughout.
The Inspirational Athlete Award
For an athlete who has overcome the significant challenges of COVID-19 to perform to a high level in their sport despite the lack of competitions. Alternatively, they may have successfully modified their training, and set new goals to achieve their ambitions.
Anyone can nominate an individual or a group, please read the full guidance notes first, which also contains a link to the nomination form.
The deadline for nominations is Monday 8th March 2021 at 08:00.
Winners will be decided by a select panel, and announced via the Live Active Sport Development Facebook page in March.