Badminton England National Volunteer & Coach Awards

Overview & Background Information

To recognise the phenomenal work of our voluntary and coaching workforce, Badminton England present three awards annually; the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year Award and the Grassroots Coach of the Year Award (all sponsored by YONEX).

These prestigious titles are awarded to two volunteers and a grassroots coach who have stood out in demonstrating undoubted passion, commitment and dedication to badminton in the last twelve months and had a positive impact and influence on others’ experience within the sport.

Congratulations to the two 2019 Volunteer Award winners:​

  • 2019 Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Imogen Eagles​
  • 2019 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Phil Jones​

Read about Phil & Imogen’s achievements HERE

Congratulations to the two 2020 Volunteer Award winners:​

  • 2020 Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Annie Zhu​
  • 2020 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Melanie Vickery

Read about Melanie & Annie’s achievements HERE

Congratulations to the two 2021 Volunteer Award winners:​

  • 2021 Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): William Snell
  • 2021 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Claire Lapworth

Read about Claire & William’s achievements HERE

Congratulations to the three 2022 Volunteer & Coach Award winners:​

  • 2022 Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Oscar Butler
  • 2022 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Jess Canfield
  • 2022 Grassroots Coach of the Year: Keith Burns

Read about Oscar, Jess & Keith’s achievements HERE

Congratulations to the three 2023 Volunteer & Coach Award winners:​

  • 2023 Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Siân Phillips
  • 2023 Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Helen Thornton
  • 2023 Grassroots Coach of the Year (sponsored by YONEX): Anna Collis

Read about Siân, Helen & Anna’s achievements HERE

The three categories which are open for nominations this year are for the Volunteer of the Year (19 years and above), the Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year (13-18 years) and the Grassroots Coach of the Year (all sponsored by YONEX).

Volunteer of the Year Award & Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year Award

To recognise the phenomenal work of our voluntary workforce, Badminton England present the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Geoff Rofe Young Volunteer of the Year Award. These prestigious titles are awarded every year to two volunteers who have stood out in demonstrating undoubted passion, commitment and dedication to badminton in the last twelve months and had a positive impact and influence on others’ experience within the sport.

Grassroots Coach of the Year Award

We are truly grateful for the number of grassroots coaches across our sport. These coaches make a positive difference in their local communities, providing the first experience of our sport, and driving badminton participation forwards across the country. The Grassroots Coach of the Year Award celebrates those coaches who are working tirelessly in the community to provide a positive experience to a large number of players/participants through their clear passion for the sport.

To nominate a someone for any of the three awards, please complete the nomination form as fully as possible. The applications will be judged by an independent panel based on the information provided.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 15th December 2023.

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