Sports Awards

The Sports Awards ceremony takes place in April each year and celebrates the amazing achievements of all the individuals involved in student sport at the University. The activities of clubs, student athletes and coaches are celebrated under the three pillars of Saints Sport: Excellence | Experience | Engagement.

Nominations

The awards season runs the beginning of Week 8 in Semester 2 the previous academic year, until the end of Week 7 of Semester 2 in the current year. Individuals who have graduated in this time, are still eligible for awards if their achievements fall within that period.

Nominations can be made by a club affiliated to the Athletic Union, full/part-time director of a club, or a combination of both, submitted through an online form circulated by the Athletic Union President each year. The form is normally distributed at the beginning of March, with nominations usually open for two weeks. Award nominations are judged by the Saints Sport Awards Committee, which is comprised of staff and student members.

More information about the awards can be found in the Awards Regulations PDF below, or by contacting aupres@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Awards Regulations

Awards

Professor Sam Taylor Bejant(ine) Award

The Professor Sam Taylor Bejant(ine) Award shall be awarded to a matriculated first year student who has shown outstanding sporting ability during their first year at university. Each club may submit one nomination for the award.

This award was instituted by Professor Sam Taylor who has made a long and valued contribution to the committees of the Athletic Union.

The Lord Menzies Campbell Athlete of the Year Award

The Athlete of the Year award shall be awarded to the sportsperson who has demonstrated outstanding athletic performance.

The Provost’s Postgraduate Scholar/Bursar of the Year Award

The Provost’s Scholar/Bursar of the Year Award shall be awarded to a supported athlete for outstanding athletic performance and achievement. The award will be given to a student that has made a significant contribution to the AU, a sports club and/or has raised the profile of the sport and the University through their sporting success and commitment.

This award is judged by the Provost, using a shortlist provided by the awards committee.

Continued Achievement Awards

Continued Achievement Awards shall be awarded to final year students who have achieved significant recognition (usually a blue) in their first or second year and sustained this contribution at the same standard throughout their university career. There is no limit to the number of students that each club can nominate for this award.

Chancellor’s Award for Sporting Excellence

This award is aimed at sporting excellence which is at the pinnacle of sport. This is the highest award conferrable by Saints Sport for excellence in sport.

The award is judged by the awards committee in conjunction with the Chancellor.

Saints Sport Volunteer Coach of the Year Award

The Coach of the Year Award shall be awarded for outstanding service to Saints Sport. The award can be made to any individual striving to promote and develop excellence in performance and management of that club. There is no limit to the number of coaches that each club can nominate for this award.

Archie Strachan Award for Outstanding Sporting Experience

The Archie Strachan Award shall be awarded to the individual who has been of outstanding service to the Athletic Union or one of its affiliated clubs and who has helped move sport at St Andrews forward. Each club may submit one nomination for the award. This is the highest award conferrable from Saints Sport for service to enhancing the student experience.

This award was instituted by the former director of physical education (1955-1985) Archie Strachan who made a long and valued contribution to the promotion of student sport in St Andrews.

Saints Sport Staff Member of the Year Award

The Saints Sport Staff Member Award shall be awarded to a full or part-time member of staff involved with Saints Sport, who has had the greatest impact within a year. The award should reflect the achievements of an individual who has gone above and beyond the requirements of their work, to improve the experience of students at the University.

Martin Barkla Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award shall highlight the voluntary work of a club member pushing forward experience and engagement within the club, Saints Sport and the wider community within one year. For further information, please see the volunteering and leadership pages of the Saints Sport website. There is no limit to the number of individuals that each club can nominate for this award.

Peter McKiernan Excellence in Service Award

The Peter McKiernan Excellence in Service Award shall be awarded to an individual who has given outstanding voluntary service to their sport, for their university club and/or in the community, during the course of their degree. Each club may submit one nomination for the award.

This award was instituted in 2010 by Peter McKiernan, former chair of the Athletic Union Governing Board.

Team of the Year Award

The Team of the Year Award shall be awarded to one of the Athletic Union’s club teams for outstanding performance in competition.

Director of Sport Volunteering Award

The Director of Sport Volunteering Award shall be awarded to a club who has given outstanding voluntary service to Saints Sport through activities such as outreach, charity contribution and community engagement.

This award is judged by the blues and colours committee in conjunction with the Director of Sport.

Green Club of the Year Award

The Green Club of the Year Award recognises the club that has made a significant effort to reduce the environmental impact of either their own members, members of Saints Sport, or members of the University of St Andrews.

Wallace Prize for the Most improved Club

The most improved club award shall be awarded to the club which has shown the greatest improvement in management and results over the academic year, specifically across the areas of excellence, experience and engagement.

This award is accompanied by a monetary prize of £500 which may be used by the club for any legitimate club purposes.

Saints Sport Club of the Year Award

The Club of the Year Award shall be awarded to a club which has shown the most outstanding commitment to achieving excellence, experience and engagement.


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