On Thursday 20 January 2005 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottinghamshire County Council hosted their 13th Nottinghamshire Sports Review of the Year.
This review was compered by the BBC sports correspondent Andrew James in front of an audience of 400 of the counties finest sportsmen and women some of who had represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games.
One of the categories up for grabs was that of the County’s Club of the Year.
Club nominations were requested from Governing Bodies and District Sports Development Officers. There are at least 2200 sports clubs providing activities for more than 200,000 members in Nottinghamshire. Clubs vary greatly in size and outlook but within each of them, volunteers with a passion for their sport work tirelessly together.
This award recognises clubs who are innovative, have a history of success (not necessarily on the field), demonstrate quality, take their work into the community and who have a depth of volunteering.
The winning club will also receive a support package worth up to £1,000 which will aid them in their on-going development.
Calverton Miners Welfare FC were nominated by Craig Lee and John Folwell as the County’s Football Development Officer and Manager and by all accounts stormed it!
This is a tremendous achievement for the club who are the first football club to win this award in the Review's history.
Nottinghamshire Sports Club of the Year 2004 nomination requirement :
Make a difference nominate a club of your choice to win the first ever award of its kind in Nottinghamshire
Up to £1000 towards the future development of the Club
Nominations are not open to members of the public, so as a County Governing Body volunteer or Sports Development Professional you can make a big difference in recognising the hard work, creativity and commitment of a voluntary Clubs.
The winning club will exhibit all or some of the following characteristics below and be able to demonstrate them through work, developments and achievements predominantly in 2004. Though some consideration in the area of sustainability, quality and vision will be given to the history of the club.
1. A Club for the future - A club who is recognised internally and externally for continued development with their vision and the bigger picture in mind.
2. A sustainable Club - A history of success particularly in the area of engaging and developing volunteers.
3. An innovative Club - A Club who leads the way, generating ideas which it is confidently able to follow through.
4. A community Club - A Club which gives back energy, expertise or resource into what ever community it feels a part of, whether that is as a hub of a sporting / sports development structure or a resource for the local community.
5. A quality Club – A club providing sport of the highest standard, demonstrated by a dedicated and proud membership.
While the large size of the Club is acknowledged as both an advantage in resourcing and a disadvantage in communicating and implementing new initiatives, I envisage that Clubs of all shapes and sizes will be able to demonstrate such excellence.