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23rd April 2019

England Handball Awards Nominations Open

England Handball is delighted to announce that nominations for the end of season awards are now open.

The annual programme of awards, has been created to recognise the work, dedication and achievements of volunteers across the Handball Community.

The closing date for nominations is 17.00 on Friday 31 May. The National Awards will be presented at 'The Handball Conference - Developing People and Clubs' on 22 June 2019 at Loughborough College.

Award Categories

Premier Handball League Player of the Year (male and female) - Voted by Premier Handball League coaches

  • Player of the match nominations from the Premier Handball League season will be collated.
  • The players who received the most nominations per team will be put forward.
  • Premier Handball League team coaches will then be asked to select their top three players.

Under-19 League Player of the Year (male and female)- Voted by Under-19 team coaches

  • Under-19 team coaches will nominate an under-19 player for the award.
  • All Under-19 team coaches will be asked to select their top three players from the players nominated.

Points will be awarded to each player following the vote – 10 points for a first place vote, six points for a second place and three points for a third place. Coaches will not be able to vote for their own player. The Award will be presented to the player with the most points following collation of all the votes.

Senior (aged 25+) Female and Male Coach of the Year

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a coach to the development of players/participants in handball through high-quality coaching. We are looking for someone who has excelled in all or a majority of the following areas:

  • Has coached a team which has enjoyed success on the court (silverware, promotion, impressed in first season, coaching junior and/or senior teams).
  • Is a positive role model for team members and the wider handball community. Has demonstrated creativity and innovation in their coaching methods that fits the needs of the participants.
  • Has strived to improve their professional development through attendance at relevant courses and learning from/with others including delivering CPD sessions and/or mentoring.
  • Has created a positive team environment
  • Has coached for the duration of the season in both training and competition environments.

Nominations will need to demonstrate and evidence how the coach meets the required criteria. The winners will be selected by the awards nominations panel who would assess the nominations and make a decision based on the listed criteria and any other information provided.  

Young (Under-25) Female and Male Coach of the Year

This award recognises the important work carried out by an up-and-coming coach through their dedication and commitment to their players/participants. We are looking for someone who has excelled in all or a majority of the following areas:

  • Is a positive role model for team members and handball.
  • Has demonstrated creativity in their coaching methods that fits the needs of the participants.
  • Has strived to improve their professional development through attendance at relevant courses and learning from/with others including delivering CPD sessions and/or mentoring.
  • Has created a positive team environment Must be 25 years of age or under (on 1 April 2019).

The nominated coaches in both categories must also:

  • Hold an England Handball coaching qualification
  • Have a DBS Have coached in England for a minimum of one season

Nominations will need to demonstrate and evidence how the coach meets the required criteria.

The winners will be selected by the awards nominations panel who would assess the nominations and make a decision based on the listed criteria and any other information provided.

Handball Coaching Culture of the Year

This award recognises the work carried out by an organisation through their commitment to creating and developing an environment that enables players/participants at all levels to develop to their full potential and reach desired goals.

We are looking for an organisation, which could include a club, a school/college/university or a local authority/Activity Partnership, which has excelled in all or a majority of the following areas:

  • Evidence that the work of the organisation in developing people and coaching is aligned to its overall participation / performance / sustainability strategy.
  • Evidence of making a significant impact on the development and management of those who use coaching skills.
  • Evidence of developing and embedding an excellent coaching programme / system.
  • Evidence of innovative practice and interventions.
  • Evidence of developing coach education sessions / programmes and/or innovative continuing personal development programmes.

Nominations will need to demonstrate and evidence how they believe they meet the required criteria. The winners will be selected by the awards nominations panel who would assess the nominations and make a decision based on the listed criteria and any other information provided.

Club of the Year

This award recognises a club that has:

  • Created a positive, welcoming environment for players and volunteers.
  • Formed successful partnerships with local and community organisations to raise funds, the profile of the club and handball, increase participation.
  • Shown strong leadership, innovation and good business practice to ensure the long-term sustainability of the club.
  • Appropriately trained volunteers.
  • An evidenced commitment to developing the club’s workforce
  • Provided playing and training opportunities for female, male and junior players
  • Affiliated to England Handball.

Nominations will need to demonstrate and evidence how the club meets the required criteria. The winners will be selected by the awards nominations panel who would assess the nominations and make a decision based on the listed criteria and any other information provided.

Volunteer of the Year T

This award recognises a (non-coaching) volunteer who has made a significant contribution of time and effort and who continuously displays an outstanding commitment to their club/wider handball community. This person may fill one or several roles within an organisation – administration, finance, providing transport etc. They will be crucial to the smooth running of the club/local community and will be key to keeping things together. We are looking for someone who has:

  • Given up a significant amount of their own time and made a positive contribution to handball (club/local community, regional or national handball events).
  • Developed their own skills, knowledge and experience through handball and non-handball training, and learning from others.
  • Is a positive role model for their club/handball.
  • Not received remuneration for their volunteering.

Nominations will need to demonstrate and evidence how the volunteer individual meets the required criteria. The winners will be selected by the awards nominations panel who would assess the nominations and make a decision based on the listed criteria and any other information provided.

Contribution to the development of handball in schools (The Mike Briers Trophy)

This award recognises the efforts of an individual who has helped to grow the development of handball within the schools’ sector.  Candidates can be nominated by anyone involved in handball and the winner will be selected by the awards nominations panel.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is given to an individual who is felt to have contributed to the development of handball over more than 20 years.  Nominations will be sought from senior figures in handball who would need to outline the achievements of the candidate and the impact that this has had on handball.  The winner will be selected by the England Handball Board.  

Please make your nominations here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/handballawards2019

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