Judges Awards

Every year at the Sport Industry Awards, in addition to the hotly contested award categories there are a collection of special Judges’ Awards which recognise individuals and organisations within sport who have contributed at the highest level through personal and professional achievements.

The recipients are decided following many hours of debate, deliberation and consultation in order to best recognise the remarkable achievements of these illustrious names. As with all the Sport Industry Awards, the selection process for the winners is fully overseen by our independent adjudicators.


COUTTS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Coutts Lifetime Achievement Award boasts an impressive roll call of previous winners whose work and dedication has changed the nature of the sport industry forever. The accolade recognises an individual whose commitment to sport has stamped an indelible mark on the industry and will have made a significant contribution to UK sport.

COUTTS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO SPORT AWARD

The Coutts Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award recognises an individual, team or organisation whose actions have had a major impact on the sporting world. The list of previous winners has one thing in common – they are united by sheer size and impact of their contribution, be it on or off the pitch. The winner will belong as an equal to those that have gone before, helping to shape the positive evolution of sport as an inspiration and a role model.

LEADERSHIP IN SPORT AWARD

The Leadership in Sport Award recognises exemplary leadership in sport, celebrating strong, responsible and effective leadership – highlighting those who have proven themselves in their respective field. Management, innovation and imagination are rewarded, as well as a bold and decisive leadership strategy delivering tangible benefits.

DEAL OF THE YEAR

The Deal of the Year will highlight the organisations and individuals that are working to unleash greatness, enable value and demonstrate innovation within the sport industry. Aimed at honouring the deals that use ambitious and innovative thinking to achieve solutions, all entries must clearly demonstrate the added value created for all parties involved.

Entries for Deal of Year reflect a deal of any commercial value and will be judged  against the criteria below.  Although the Award covers a global remit, all deals must demonstrate an impact within the UK. Whether a merger, acquisition, sponsorship or IP deal, a broadcast rights agreement or data integrity partnership, all forms of sport industry deals will be accepted.

THE INTEGRITY AND IMPACT AWARD FOUNDED BY DOW JONES SPORTS INTELLIGENCE

The Integrity and Impact Award founded by Dow Jones Sports Intelligence recognises individuals or organisations across the globe that have demonstrated through their actions exemplary levels of ethics, integrity, and trust in sport to help set global standards for best practice in sport governance and business.

Whether it is a commercial or business decision, campaign, agreement or an individual stance taken, the recipient will have demonstrated exemplary commitment in the areas of fairness, ethics, transparency, or governance that upholds trust in sport.

The recipient is selected following a stringent, four-stage process beginning with industry nominations, which is then assessed by a Steering Committee made up of international industry experts to provide a shortlist. The shortlist is then subject to integrity checks conducted by the specialists at Dow Jones Sports Intelligence before the Sport Industry Awards Judging Panel, overseen by official adjudicator EY, make the final decision.


And for 2021 we have extended the Judges Awards to include some extra categories that we feel are best nominated by you the industry, for the Judges to then decide who is worthy of such recognition amidst these challenging times.

This is your chance to nominate those sport or media organisations that you believe have made major achievements, and if you believe that is you and your colleagues then feel free to nominate your own organisation!

MEDIA ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR

This award is open to any consumer-facing media organisation that covers sport. Nominations will be accepted for media organisations that have live rights or use other means to cover sport whether it be written, audio, visual content, or a combination. The media organisation can be a department of a wider organisation and the nomination can reference work produced on their own outlet as well as work shown or published across other third-party platforms.

SPORT ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH AXA XL

Nominations can be made for any sport organisation that oversees a sport or sports property and is likely a rights holder or member organisation. Examples could be i) national governing bodies or international federations ii) clubs or teams iii) leagues or championships iv) venues or stadia.


If you would like to submit a nomination for any of the Judges Awards, please complete the form below.

Thank you in advance for all nominations submitted.

It is at the discretion of the Judges whether a shortlist or indeed a final recipient will be announced for each of the Judges Awards. Any announcements are scheduled for Wednesday 9th June 2021.

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