Women’s Sport Trust reveals #BeAGameChanger Awards 2018 shortlist
26th March 2018
Women’s Sport Trust has this week revealed the 56 individuals, organisations and initiatives who have made the shortlist for the 2018 #BeAGameChanger Awards and both Netball Scotland and the UWS Sirens have made the cut. The #BeAGameChanger Awards bring together the visionaries and game changers driving the future of women’s sport for one of the biggest nights in the sporting calendar.
We are delighted to confirm that Netball Scotland have been shortlisted in the National Governing Body of the Year category – ‘The National Governing Body (NGB) that has demonstrated innovation and commitment to women’s sport with a clear impact on participation, engagement and profile. This NGB operates as a role model organisation showcasing the value and potential of women’s sport.’
Furthermore, we are excited that the UWS Sirens have been acknowledged and shortlisted for the Sporting Role Model (Team) Award – ‘An elite team who has used their influence to raise the visibility and increase the impact of women’s sport. More people value, participate in, watch and support women’s sport because of them.’
It has been an incredibly busy couple of years for the team behind Netball Scotland and the UWS Sirens, which has resulted in substantial growth across our profile and business:
- 38% membership growth, with latest figures being over 7,500 registered members (as at end February 2018)
- Introduction of UWS Sirens into Netball Superleague (VNSL)
- Improved national performances at international events – NWYC 17, Netball Europe Championships, Netball World Cup Qualifiers (Europe)
- Improved World Ranking of the Scottish Thistles, now 9th in the world
- Introduction of Thistle Mark Club accreditation scheme
- Launch of Community Impact Programmes through additional funding streams: Fun 5z Early Years, InstaNet, Sirens for Success, Bounce Back to Netball, Walking Netball
- 51% increase in NS National competition participation
- Increased regional coverage from 26 Local Authorities to 30 (of 32)
- 172 athletes in National performance programme
The above is just a snapshot of our achievements in recent times and receiving recognition such as the NGB of the Year shortlist is testament to the hard work of the NS staff, Board and our committed volunteers and supporters. We thank you for your continued support and hope to keep this positive trend going, bringing you all even more opportunity within our sport.
Why are awards like #BeAGameChanger Awards so important?
Jo Bostock, Co-founder and Joint CEO of the Women’s Sport Trust commented “Why is the Women’s Sport Trust so committed to running the #BeAGameChanger Awards? Because compelling stories about the trailblazers need to be told. They set the pace and show what’s possible. Most importantly they stimulate other brands, sport and the media to step up and take action. Building this momentum will ensure the future of women’s sport.”
Visit the Women’s Sport Trust website to view the full shortlist announcement.
What happens now?
Following a public nomination process, the shortlist was agreed by the Women’s Sport Trust Board. The finalists in each category will be chosen by an expert panel before a public vote decides the winners. The winners will be announced at the #BeAGameChanger Awards on 24 May 2018 at Troxy, East London.