Rugby Sports Awards 2023

Every year, Rugby Borough Council and the GLL Sport Foundation team up to recognise and reward the borough’s most dedicated and talented sports people. 

To celebrate the achievements people have made in 2023, the Rugby Sports Awards take place at the BENN Hall on Wednesday 10 April 2024. 

We're now welcoming nominations for this year's awards. So whether you know a dedicated coach or sports club volunteer, an inspirational sporting individual or a team which has raised the bar throughout the year, we want to hear from you.

You can make nominations in the following categories (click on the award to view the criteria):

  • Mark Gallagher Memorial Award for Coach of the Year Award 
  • Club of the Year Award
  • The Unsung Hero ‘Volunteer’ Award - sponsored by Warwickshire CAVA
  • Sportsman of the Year Award
  • Sportswoman of the Year Award
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Excellence in Sport Award
  • Simon Warwood Memorial Award for Young Team of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Young Sports Person of the Year Award
  • Get Active Award

You can send nominations for the Rugby Sports Awards 2023 either online or by downloading a nomination form.

Complete our online nomination form

Download the nomination form

Nominations must be received by Friday 1 March 2024.

All entries shortlisted for an award will receive an invitation to the awards ceremony at BENN Hall on Wednesday 10 April 2024.

For more information on the Rugby Sports Awards, email sportsdevelopment@rugby.gov.uk or call (01788) 533711.

Rugby Sports Awards - categories

The Unsung Hero 'Volunteer' Award - sponsored by Warwickshire CAVA

This award is for an individual’s dedication and commitment to volunteering in sport during 2023, whose involvement is instrumental to the running of their sports club or organisation.

The Mark Gallagher Memorial Award for Coach of the Year

This award is given to a sports coach based in Rugby whose dedication and commitment has led to success for an individual, team or sports club during 2023.

The Simon Warwood Memorial Award for Young Team of the Year

This is awarded to a junior sports team for their achievement and successes within their sport. We look at the team’s commitment, team spirit and sense of fair play as well as any awards and trophies they may have won during 2023.

Young Volunteer of the Year - Sponsored by Rugby Rokeby Lions

This award is for anyone aged under 18 who lives or volunteers in a sports club or organisation in Rugby. It is awarded for their involvement and commitment to volunteering, being a positive role model, inspiring and engaging with the local community

The Young Sports Person of the Year

This award sees one of our Excellence in Sport Award winners picked for their individual achievement and success throughout 2023. 

Excellence in Sport Award

Open to young people aged 18 or under on 31 August 2023 who have represented a sport at national or international level.

Get Active Award

This award recognises an individual who has significantly improved their health and wellbeing by becoming more physically active, either through sport or regular exercise.

The Club of the Year Award

This award is for a sports club based in Rugby which has achieved success in sport as well as their developmental initiatives. This may include the development of coaches, officials and volunteers, any new opportunities for new and existing members which have been introduced, developing new sections or achieving club accreditation.

The Sportsman of the Year Award

The sportsman of the year award recognises the achievements of our male athletes who have excelled on an individual level in their sport during 2023.

Sportswoman of the Year Award

This award recognises the individual achievement of our talented female athletes who have achieved sporting success during 2023.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognises an individual who has devoted many years to a sports club or organisation in the borough.