Adelaide University Sport is currently accepting applications for our Club of the Year awards. These awards will be particularly special this year due to the difficulties our clubs have faced during lockdown and the work put in to starting up again. In 2020 we will be awarding the Jessop Shield and Bennett Shield; however we will not be awarding the Patron’s Cup due to COVID-19’s impact on many of our club’s sporting seasons.
Adelaide University Sport’s Club Development Coordinator Sara Lane believes sporting clubs play a positive role in contributing and building the University of Adelaide’s community.
“Joining a sporting club is an easy way for students to make friends, connections and support networks at the beginning of their university life”, says Sara.
“Those students who go on to join club committees and volunteer in key roles, are building not only specific skills for the roles but more importantly leadership, communication and organisational skills which adds to their development as they become future leaders, and it’s our clubs that give them the opportunity to develop their skills.”
The Jessop Shield is awarded to a club with less than 50 members and the Bennett Shield is awarded to a club with more than 50 members, both of which are determined by what Adelaide University Sport considers an ‘ideal’ club in regard to off field operations and governance. These awards are named after Charles Jessop and Richard Bennett, Adelaide University Sport’s first ever Life Members. Each of the winners is presented with one of the shields, as well as a $1000 financial prize to go towards a particular club project.
“It is easy to focus on the on fieldwork that needs to be done to have success but the off field work which focuses on culture, governance and financial management is just as important”, says Sara.
“Our role at Adelaide University Sport is to make clubs aware of the importance and to assist club address these areas. We want to reward and recognise the clubs that set themselves up well off court and maximise these opportunities for students, their community and the club. The clubs that achieve this often find that with good governance comes better membership numbers and retention, ultimately resulting in on field success as well.”
The nomination deadline for our Club of the Year awards is Friday the 16th of October, and the shields will be presented at our annual Blues Awards night.
Click here to see our nomination forms.