2020 Awards: Club and Volunteer of the Year nominations close Sunday
This week is your final chance to celebrate standout efforts by the organisations and people who have helped keep motorsport alive through these unprecedented times.
In a normal year, the Club and Volunteer of the Year awards are an opportunity to make some noise on behalf of the grassroots clubs and volunteers who keep the sport thriving and deserve particular praise for going that extra mile. This is of course not a normal year by any stretch of the imagination, but the motivation to celebrate the achievements of organisations and people very much remains and Motorsport UK is inviting nominations.
As well as the prestigious title, the award winners will receive a cash prize courtesy of Motorsport UK, with the Club and Organising team scooping £1,000 each, while the recipients of the Volunteer and Community Supporter will take home £500 each. Adding to the prize will be Kelsey Media who will offer each winner a year-long subscription to Motorsport News or any other Kelsey publication.
The Club of the Year has been awarded for the last 27 years with Clitheroe and District Motor Club winning in 2019 for its “work in ensuring safe and low-cost motorsport is available to all, regardless of background”. Winners before that included Enniskillen Motor Club, Southsea Motor Club and many others from across the UK.
Held for the last 17 years, the Volunteer of the Year award similarly rewards the hard work of the army of unpaid enthusiasts helping keep events running. Dave Read was awarded the Volunteer of the Year title in 2019 for his “work and tireless dedication organising the North West Stages Rally”.
In light of this year’s lockdown afflicted season, the categories for 2020 have changed slightly and will now comprise Club of the Year, Organising Team of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Community Supporter of the Year, with the last award open to nominations from family members or friends as well as clubs.
Club of the Year will be awarded on the basis of collaborative work with other clubs, shared best practice, opening motorsport to the local community and members alike, developing volunteers through training opportunities and going above and beyond in all areas.
The Organising Team of the Year award will be judged on application of Motorsport UK’s ‘Getting Back On Track’ guidelines, managing COVID-19 safe events for all participants and attendees and the successful implementation of social distancing and other measures.
The Volunteer of the Year will be decided on leadership skills, proven ability to overcome challenges, personal development and going above and beyond, among other criteria.
Last but not least, Community Supporter of the Year will be awarded to a member of the motorsport community who has inspired and supported their local community through supporting vulnerable people during lockdown, working on the healthcare frontline or supporting charities through this time of crisis.
Nominations close on 1st November 2020. For further information on the judging criteria and how to submit your entry please look at the links below.