Club of the Year

Club of the Year

The University has a strong and very long history of sporting club involvement with the first established clubs being the  Boat Club (1881), Tennis Club (1885) and the  Lacrosse Club (1889). Over time, more and more clubs have become affiliated with Adelaide University Sport and had many successes. To highlight the our club achievements, we reward three clubs each year through the presentation of the following club awards.
 

The Patron's Cup

The Patron's Cup is awarded to a club which had an outstanding achievement in the past 12 months. It is presented in recognition of Professor McWha's support of Adelaide University Sport during his 10 year tenure as Vice-Chancellor. This award does not have to be awarded annually, it is dependent on the standard of applications.
 

Club of the Year - The Jessop Shield

Is awarded to a club with less than 50 members which we consider to be an “ideal” club. It is an honour that all affiliated clubs should strive for and winning clubs are awarded with a $1,000 financial incentive towards a club project. A perpetual shield is presented in recognition of Charles Jessop, one of the first Life Members.
 

Club of the Year - The Bennett Shield

Is awarded to a club with more than 50 members which we consider to be an “ideal” club. It is an honour that all affiliated clubs should strive for and winning clubs are awarded with a $1,000 financial incentive towards a particular club project. A perpetual shield is presented in recognition of Richard Bennett, one of the first Life Members.
 



In 2017, we reviewed the process of how clubs were nominated for 'Club of the Year'. Previously, nominations were put forward by AU Sport staff based on results from the ‘Club Reporting Survey’ and their general experience with the club.  The Board would then make the final decision on the winning clubs. From 2018, clubs can now nominate themselves. The aim of the award is still “to recognise clubs with strong off field management”. The criteria still values a number of key mandatory requirements and these areas are of higher value compared to others. If a club does not meet these requirements and still nominates, they will be ‘punished’ by receiving a lower points score but not ruled out of consideration. This change in process allows clubs to nominate themselves, with their submission being reviewed by the Board. The winners will be announced at the Blues Awards. This new process will assist in recognising the achievements of the ‘quiet achievers’. 


Previous recipients