The 2019 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

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 2018.

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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here

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 Friday 15th March.

As part of the process, we also want to hear what your customers/members have to say. Once entries close 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 Monday 8th 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 Monday 15th April and Sunday 12th May and full details will be sent out to all finalists after the announcement on Wednesday 10th April.

 

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.

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A2. ukactive Supplier of the Year

Fitness Equipment

Club Management

Technology Providers (including business and fitness technology)

Learning & Development

Professional & Platform Business Services

Apparel Supplier

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 2018. 

Entry Cost:

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

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 the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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

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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

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 the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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A4. ukactive Workplace Wellbeing Programme of the Year

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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

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 the written submission is the 15th March.

As part of the process we also want to hear what your employees have to say. Once entries close 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 Monday 8th April

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and the survey. Finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2 from these results.

If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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GROUP B:

SPECIALIST IMPACT

B5. ukactive Kids Award

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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

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 the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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B6. ukactive Healthy Communities Award

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 2018.

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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

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 the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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B7. Activation of the Year

Who should enter?

This category is open to any organisation that has activated an event or campaign in the last 12 months that has inspired people to be more active in any setting: whether that be in their home, in the gym or leisure centre, on the way to or at work, or outdoors.

Entry Cost:

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

What judges are looking for?

The judges will be looking to see if your event, campaign or activity has successfully implemented and inspired more people to be more active. Key areas they will be looking at are:

  1. What reach your activation has had.
  2. How you implemented your event, campaign or activity? Include stakeholder engagement and how you delivered your communications and engagement in the run up.
  3. What impact did your activation have and what measurements and evaluations did you undertake.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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B8. Marketing Campaign of the Year

Who should enter?

This category is open to any organisation that has delivered an advertising or wider marketing campaign over the last 12 months which has been creative, innovative and helped raise the profile of physical activity, whilst meeting the wider campaign objectives to your business.

Entry Cost:

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

What judges are looking for?

The judges will be looking to see if you have successfully delivered an innovative marketing campaign to highlight the role of physical activity which in turn has helped deliver your business objectives. Key areas they will be looking at are:

  1. What reach your marketing campaign has had and the channels you chose to engage with your audience.
  2. What impact the marketing campaign has had on your business and audience.
  3. What you are doing to evolve your marketing campaign in the future

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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B9. Inclusion and Disability

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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

What are the judges looking for?

This is about your dedication to broadening opportunities for those with a physical or mental disability – 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 the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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B10. Insight of the Year

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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here

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 the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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B11. Digital Transformation of the Year

Who should enter?

This category is open to any organisation that has successfully developed, adopted and / or delivered a digital approach within their business, or been on a journey of digital transformation.  This could be digital technologies that enable better business operations, increased performance, deeper insight and enhanced experiences, ultimately getting more people, more active, more often. Whilst we want to hear about the implementation of digitally led product innovations, we are especially interested in hearing about stories of digital journeys that have led to fundamental changes in mindset, operation and performance at all levels of the business. Have you got a story to tell which can inspire others, and demonstrate the position of the sport and physical activity sector at the vanguard of the digital industrial revolution?

Entry Cost:

£195 + VAT for ukactive members

£295 + VAT for non-members*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

What judges are looking for?

Judges in the Digital Transformation category are looking for applications from businesses who have successfully used digital technologies to create positive and long-lasting impact within their businesses.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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GROUP C:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT

C12. Physical Activity Champion of the Year

Who should enter?

This category is open to any standout, frontline volunteer, instructor or trainer. 

Entry Cost:

For each paid-for entry in the A or B category groups, you are entitled to submit one entry into either C12, C13 or C14 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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

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.

Next steps?

Please complete the written nomination. The deadline for the written submission is the 15th 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.

Stage 1 will be an assessment of the written submission for the nominee, from this a shortlist will be created. The nominees in this shortlist will enter stage 2 which is a public vote via the ukactive Awards website.

The person who submitted the nomination will receive a link to the public vote and it is up to you how this link is shared to maximise votes.

Please note that votes are limited to one vote per person and any evidence of not adhering to this will result in disqualification. The votes will be open from Monday 15th April to Monday 29th April.

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C13. Transformational Leadership

Who should enter?

This award is open to all companies and could be a local authority operator which has harnessed innovation to transform their delivery, a supplier which has made huge strides expanding into challenging new markets or a not-for-profit which has broken new ground to divest from reliance on traditional funding streams. 

Entry Cost:

For each paid-for entry in the A or B category groups, you are entitled to submit one entry into either C12, C13 or C14 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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

What are the judges looking for?

Judges will be particularly keen to learn how the team worked with colleagues and partners to develop the skills and competencies required to address the challenge, whilst delivering tangible strategies and goals through motivational leadership.

Please note that ukactive will work with successful applicants to develop a series of best practice case studies that can be used to help train and shape the future of the sector. Your permission to take this forward will be an entry requirement, although sensitive information can be redacted.

Next steps?

Register and pay for your entry and you’ll be able to access and complete the written submission. The deadline for the written submission is the 15th March.

Stage 1 is an assessment of your written submission and finalists will be chosen to go through to stage 2.  If you make the shortlist and through to stage 2, you’ll be invited to present to our judging panel in London week commencing 29th April.

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C14. Unsung Hero

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 C12, C13 or C14 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*

*if interested in becoming a member click here 

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 submission online by the deadline of 15th March. After this date the submission will be read and assessed by a specialist panel who will decide on the winner of this category.

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

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C15. Personality of the Year

Next steps?

Do you know someone who fits the bill? All entrants into the 2019 ukactive Awards will be able to submit a nomination upon completion of their written submission. All nominations are 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 6th June.

FINALE

Outstanding Organisation of the Year

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 2019 ukactive Awards Ceremony on Thursday 6th June.

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