The 2018 categories are divided into 3 award groups:
Business Excellence, Specialist Impact and Individual Achievement.

GROUP A:

BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

A1. ukactive Regional and National Club/Centre of the Year

Is your facility one to shout about? Can you demonstrate a passion for and commitment to your business, members and staff that makes you stand out from the crowd?

Who should enter?

This category is open to any UK based club or centre – from small independents, studios and boutiques, through to low-cost budget gyms, local authority/leisure trust operated centres, and clubs that are part of a nationwide chain. The only stipulation is that you must have been operating for at least 12 months by 31st December 2017.

You need not have the biggest facility, or the widest offer; this award is suitable for all types of facilities in the sector with the focus on the degree to which they meet the needs of their customers, staff and the local community.

Entry is according to the region where your club is located, either:

  1. Scotland
  2. Wales & Northern Ireland
  3. North
  4. Midlands
  5. South
  6. London

There will be one winner from each of the above regions. The 6 regional winners will also go head to head to decide on the National Club/Centre of the Year winner.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

This award is about running a great business that your customers love going to and your staff love working at – irrespective of the size of the facility, range of services on offer, or the part of the market you serve.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March 2018.

As part of the process, we also want to hear what your customers/members have to say. Once entries close on 28thMarch, you’ll be sent a survey link and full details on how to promote and distribute as widely as possible. You will then be required to send the link to your members aiming to achieve as diverse a response rate as possible. Surveys will close on Wednesday 18th April.

Clubs/centres with the highest scores coming out of the survey process (up to 6 per region) will go forward as finalists to stage 2 of the assessment, which will be a mystery shop and digital review. This will take place between 28th April – 18th May and full details will be sent out to all finalists after the announcement on April 24th.

The clubs/centres with the highest combined scores from the above two stages will be the Regional Club/Centre of the Year winners within their respective regions and will automatically go forward to a third and final assessment to decide on the National Club/Centre of the Year winner.

Please note that the written submissions will not be marked, but will be taken into account in the event of a tie following the survey and/or mystery shop elements of the assessment.

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A2. ukactive Supplier of the Year

Are you a role model supplier leading the way with your outstanding products or services and positive, can-do attitude? Are you always looking for ways to improve and broaden impact and never standing still?

Who should enter?

This category is open to any organisation providing a product or service in the fitness, wellbeing and physical activity sector to support organisations delivering frontline services.

There are a vast number of vital products and services provided to the sector – you might be an equipment supplier, a training or technology provider, a recruitment or a design specialist. This isn’t about what you do – it’s how well you do it.  You must however have been supplying your product or service to the sector for at least 12 months by 31st December 2017.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

This award is about being a stand-out supplier, striving for excellence and determined to do the very best for your customers.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March 2018.

If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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A3. ukactive New Concept, Build or Design of the Year

Are you responsible for a creative, intelligent and innovative new concept, build or design that is changing the way people feel about and engage with physical activity?

Who should enter?

This category is open to architects, designers, builders, owners– anyone taking the lead in the re-imagining, re-energising or re-design process, and leaving behind compelling environments that serve to inspire more people, to be more active, more often.

This is about innovative, new approaches that push the boundaries. You need not have been operating for a 12-month period or even be permanent in nature – but we do need to see evidence of successful implementation/delivery.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

This is about a stand out, game-changing project – both the idea and its development and execution.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March 2018.

If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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A4. ukactive Workplace Wellbeing Programme of the Year

Is employee wellbeing a priority for your business?  Are you proud of your organisation’s approach to promoting an active, healthy, and happy workplace?

Who should enter?

This category is open to any UK based employer with a Wellbeing Programme that truly adds value and makes a tangible difference to the health, happiness and productivity of their staff.

You can be a small, medium or large organisation working in any sector as long as you can evidence a commitment to providing holistic and organisation-wide wellbeing initiatives. We want to hear about the very best approaches, and the very best results, wherever they come from.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

Are you a stand-out employer working with and for your employees?  Judges will be looking at how you’ve taken the views of your employees on board to develop and deliver a programme that helps to foster a workplace environment where people thrive.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March 2018.

As part of the process we also want to hear what your employees have to say. Once entries close on 28thMarch, you’ll be sent a survey link and full details on how to promote and distribute as widely as possible. You will then be required to send the link to your employees aiming to achieve as diverse a response rate as possible. Surveys will close on Wednesday 18th April.

If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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GROUP B:

SPECIALIST IMPACT

B5. ukactive Kids Award

Do you truly inspire children and young people to be more active, more often? Does your product or programme provide the spark that gets children and young people motivated and excited to be active – at home, at school or in their community?

Who should enter?

This award is open to any high impact product, programme or service that effectively and innovatively engages, promotes and sustains physical activity behaviours amongst children and young people.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

This is about grabbing the judges’ attention with your ideas and execution. Can you demonstrate your commitment to improving the lives of children and young people, encouraging them to adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle? Can you evidence the positive impact you have had on young lives to date?

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March.

If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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B6. ukactive Healthy Communities Award

Are you working on a project that has focussed on getting communities healthier and more active? Are you able to demonstrate tangible success?

Who should enter?

This category is open to any organisation leading/delivering a physical activity focused programme, product or initiative that benefits the wider community, and has been operating for a minimum of 12 months by 31st December 2017.

It doesn’t matter how big or small your effort may be, what we are looking for is tangible and measurable outcomes, and widespread backing from your beneficiaries or local stakeholders.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

This is about working to inspire the wider community to make physical activity a part of its DNA. Judges will be looking at the ways you engage with communities and how you’ve used their specific needs to shape your initiative and deliver significant results.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March 2018.

If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to meet our judging panel in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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B7. ukactive Campaign of the Year

Are you promoting the importance and benefits of an active lifestyle via a stand-out campaign with broad appeal, that delivers lasting results?

Who should enter?

This category is open to any organisation that has delivered a campaign over the last 12 months which has engaged with and appealed to a mass audience, promoting physical activity and achieving positive change.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

This is about a get-up-and-go campaign that has delivered positive impacts around physical activity and wellbeing. Judges will be looking for innovation and forward-thinking – for the campaigns that really stand out from the crowd and stick in the minds of their audiences.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March 2018.

If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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B8. ukactive Inclusion and Disability Award

Is your focus on removing barriers to physical activity and increasing engagement for disabled people?

Who should enter?

This award recognises any organisation with a programme, project or initiative that embodies the very best of an inclusive mindset and is able to demonstrate a disabled customer or colleague strategy that welcomes people from all backgrounds and circumstances.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

This is about your dedication to broadening opportunities for disabled people – for your customers, your workforce or both. Our judges want to know what inclusivity and diversity means to your organisation, what you do, the challenges you face and the difference you have made.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March 2018.

If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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B9. ukactive Research Impact Award

Have you undertaken or commissioned a research project that has made a notable impact through driving forward the physical activity agenda?  

Who should enter?

This category is open to any organisation or individual who has undertaken high quality research and/or analysis over the last 12 months that has/will help inform the physical activity agenda, drive change and support ukactive’s aim of getting more people, more active, more often.

If you have been involved in a proactive evaluation or research project in the last 12 months, tell us about it.

Entry cost

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

Judges are looking for projects, individuals or teams that embody the ethos of the ukactive Research Institute to grow the evidence base for physical activity, translating academic expertise into real world impact.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March.

If you make the shortlist, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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GROUP C:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT

C10. ukactive Physical Activity Champion of the Year

Do you know a superstar individual who is able to demonstrate an awesome dedication to physical activity, as well as a tireless ability to inspire and motivate people to be more active?

Who should enter?

This category is open to any standout, frontline volunteer, instructor or trainer and is free to enter if you have entered one of the paid for categories in the A or B group of awards.

What are the judges looking for?

Our judges want to hear about those special people who change lives; those inspirational, tireless activists and people upon whom our mission of getting more people, more active, more often relies. This is for those people who know no other option than going the extra mile for their customers, communities, colleagues. Judges will be looking for individuals who are the very embodiment of the ukactive mission, with an extensive track record of showing the impact that they have achieved.

Entry cost

For each paid-for entry in the A or B category groups, you are entitled to submit one entry into either C10, C11 or C12 free of charge.  If you have not entered any of the paid for categories, the charge will be as follows:

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

Next steps?

Please complete the written nomination. The deadline for receipt is 5pm Wednesday 28th March.

You’ll be asked to supply a photo of your nominee along with a summary of their key achievements and why you believe they deserve to win this award.

Please be sure to ask for your nominee’s permission first.

If your nominee makes the shortlist, they’ll be put forward to a public vote via the ukactive Awards website.

Your role once voting is open will be shouting far and wide about your nominee and the ukactive Awards to encourage everyone to vote!

Voting will be limited to strictly one vote per person and will be open from Tuesday 24th April until Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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C11. ukactive Outstanding Leader of the Year

Do you know a consistently high-performing Chairman, CEO, Board Director or senior level individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision and is an out and out inspiration and a force to be reckoned with?

Who should enter?

This category is open to any senior level individual nominated by their peers or colleagues and is free to enter if you have entered one of the paid for categories in the A or B group of awards.

We’ll be looking for evidence of the nominee’s creativity, commitment and sheer determination to reverse the tide of physical inactivity, turning policy into action and action into results, both today and tomorrow. We want to see leaders of great physical activity businesses who are driving commercial success with a social conscience and achieving fantastic commercial results whilst transforming communities.

Entry cost

For each paid-for entry in the A or B category groups, you are entitled to submit one entry into either C10, C11 or C12 free of charge.  If you have not entered any of the paid for categories, the charge will be as follows:

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

This is about game changing vision, leadership, communication and impact. Our judges will be looking for senior level leaders who have the greatest ability to urge our sector forward in the years ahead. 

Next steps?

Please complete the written nomination. The deadline for receipt is 5pm Wednesday 28th March.

Please be sure to ask for your nominee’s permission first.

If your nominee makes the shortlist, he or she will be invited to take part in a telephone/skype interview with our judges, after which the eventual winner will be decided.

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C12. ukactive Unsung Hero Award

Do you know someone with a truly inspirational story that will make everyone sit up and listen? 

Who should enter?

This category is open to any individual with a story to tell around physical activity and fitness and what it means to them and is free to enter if you have entered one of the paid for categories in the A or B group of awards.

Entrants could be drawn from the millions of people for whom physical activity is now an essential part of their life. What special, inspirational people do you have using your facilities or services who fit the bill? Tell us about them! We want these ‘ukactivists’ to help inspire the nation proving that physical activity can have a transformational impact on health, happiness and wellbeing.

Entry cost

For each paid-for entry in the A or B category groups, you are entitled to submit one entry into either C10, C11 or C12 free of charge.  If you have not entered any of the paid for categories, the charge will be as follows:

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members

What are the judges looking for?

Our judges want to hear about inspirational, go-getting individuals – their goals, motivation, challenges and success.

Next steps?

Please complete the written nomination. The deadline for receipt of your entry is 5pm Wednesday 28th March.

Please be sure to ask for your nominee’s permission first.

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C13. ukactive Personality of the Year Award

This is a special award that lies within the gift of the ukactive Board and will be presented to a well-known personality in recognition of their outstanding contribution to raising the value and importance of physical activity to society. It seeks to recognise a public figure who embodies the values of ukactive, and works tirelessly throughout the year to spread its mission.

Next steps?

Do you know someone who fits the bill? All entrants into the 2018 ukactive Awards will be able to submit a nomination upon completion of their written submission templates free of charge.

All nominations received will be reviewed and assessed by a senior ukactive panel and the recipient will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 21st June.

ukactive Outstanding Organisation of the Year

This is the big one, our Grand Prix, and the most coveted award in the sector.

Entry into this category is automatic for any organisation that submits 3 or more entries into any of the A or B group award categories.

Assessment will be based on performance, impact and sustainability as demonstrated across the categories entered.  The winner will be selected by a special jury chaired by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of ukactive’s Board of Directors.

The winning organisation will be revealed at the finale of the 2018 ukactive Awards Ceremony on Thursday 21st June 2018.

ukactive will contact all entrants who are eligible for consideration once all the entries have been received in March 2018.

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GRAND PRIX

UKACTIVE OUTSTANDING ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

This is the big one, our Grand Prix, and the most coveted award in the sector

Entry into this category is automatic for any organisation that submits 3 or more entries into any of the A or B group award categories.

Assessment will be based on performance, impact and sustainability, as demonstrated across the categories entered.

Please note: You do not have to do anything to enter this category. You will be put forward for this award on receipt of 3 or more entries into any of the A or B group of awards.

The Awards are open to ukactive members and non-members alike and all entries must be made online via this website.

The deadline for receipt of entries is 5pm on Wednesday 28th March 2018.

We look forward to receiving your entries – good luck!

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