Sport and Society Awards

Annually, the Students' Union hosts the Activities Ball. This is a chance for student activities to come together to celebrate the past year. Outstanding individuals, clubs and societies are also awarded at the event. Please see below for details on awards.

Sport Awards:

AJM Edwards Memorial Award (Exceptional Services to a Club)  

This is one of the most prestigious trophies awarded to an individual.  The award is in memory of Mr Freddie Edwards, Honorary President of the Athletic Association from 1976-1983, and is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to University sport over a number of years.  The contribution is in the form of exceptional active or administrative services to the club, made either as a faithful club servant, committee member, coach or player.  Nominations are made to the Blue’s Committee.

Blues Bowl (Fresher of the Year)   

The Blues Bowl award was created in memory of Duncan Watson (1965-1985) and is awarded annually at the discretion of the Blues Committee. It is awarded to the Fresher who has made an outstanding contribution to their Club(s), both on and off the field, during the previous academic year, and who is under twenty-one years of age. 

Sandy Morrison Memorial Trophy (Athlete of the Year)  

The Sandy Morrison Memorial Trophy is an award dedicated to the memory of Sandy Morrison, a groundsman at the University for many years, and is presented to an individual who has shown outstanding achievement at their chosen sport during the academic year.  

The Centenary Cup (Individual or Team in a Single Event)  

The Centenary Cup was first awarded in 1991 to celebrate one hundred years of the Athletic Association and is presented due to the generosity of past members of the Athletic Association.  It is awarded at the discretion of the Blue’s Committee, to an individual or team who excelled in a single event. 

Allender Memorial Trophy (Club of the Year) 

This trophy is presented in memory of Gerry Allender, an Assistant Director of Physical Education, who was killed in a car crash in 1963.  It is awarded to the “Most Deserving Club”.  This does not necessarily mean the Club with the best record over the year.  Many other criteria are taken into account; for example, money-raising efforts, Club Committee organisation, events organised by the Club (i.e. tours, dances, etc), and efforts to encourage new members. 

The Mitchell Barclay Trophy (Best Footballer) 

The Mitchell Barclay Trophy was first awarded in 2018 in memory of Mitchell Barclay, a past student and keen footballer at the University. It is presented to the best footballer, man or woman, based on their performance during the previous academic year.  This is awarded by the Football Presidents annually. 

Society Awards:  

These are awarded annually by the AUSA and the Societies Union Committee for outstanding efforts.  More on each award below.  Below is a summary of the awards with full criteria available once nominations open in term 2. 

Society of the Year - This award is given for a society that can demonstrate outstanding achievement in a variety of areas by providing a great experience for their members, development of their activity as well as a positive representation of themselves and the institution.    

Best Event - This award celebrates an outstanding event put on by one society or by several societies within the current academic year. 

Most Dedicated Society – This award is given based on the progress and delivery of a society’s development plan and goals for the year.  

King’s Award with Merit: 

The King’s Award of Merit is for students who have been involved in their chosen society for more than one year and their committee would like to recognise them for doing more than their role or committee expects of an individual.   

King’s Award with Distinction: 

This award is a recognition for students who have given two or more years to their chosen society activity.  Nominations are completed society committees for individuals who have demonstrated personal development through their dedication to the society.  They will also have continuously given large amounts of time to effort to the growth of their society. 



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