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Daily Telegraph and Aviva 'School Sport Matters' Awards 2012

As part of The Daily Telegraph and Aviva School Sport Matters campaign, highlighting the achievements of sport in schools, the paper will recognise and honour the best schools, teachers, teams and individuals in the country at Lord’s Cricket Ground in the autumn of 2012.

Previous winners include Olympic diver Tom Daley, Paralympic gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds, Holly Colvin, an Ashes-winning England cricketer, world triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee, and Commonwealth and Olympic Games athlete Stephanie Twell. A host of other young stars have also emerged through the awards.

For the eighth year, the Telegraph, with Aviva as commercial sponsors, continues School Sport Matters, a campaign which highlights exemplary practice in PE and the delivery of sport in schools, generating debate and celebrating the achievements of pupils, teachers and schools across the country.

As last year, there is a Primary School of the Year award and they have extended Male and Female Pupil of the Year, and Team of the Year categories into the primary school age-group. Specialist Sport Colleges should now apply in the “State School of the Year” category.

They want to hear from teachers, parents, pupils and volunteers who deliver sport and physical education with unbridled enthusiasm. In the Olympic and Paralympic Games year, there has never been a better time to imbue the youngest age-groups in our society with the sense of the fun, achievement, camaraderie and teamwork which can all be learnt from participating in sport.

The School Sport Matters campaign culminates annually with a prestigious national awards ceremony in London. The stories they hear from your school will be entered into the ten categories in the School Sport Matters Awards 2012 and will go before the judging panel, which last year included Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Brian Moore, Gail Emms, Lee Dixon, Ugo Monye, Steve Lewis, Duncan Goodhew, James Cracknell and a host of other sporting luminaries.

They want to hear about the success of sport in your school and who contributes to it, whether it’s a winning team performance, the achievements of a single student or the tireless efforts of a teacher who organises everything from training to fixtures to ordering kit and driving pupils to competitions.


• State School of the Year,

• Independent School of the Year,

• Student of the Year (male),

• Student of the Year (female),

• School Sport Teacher of the Year,

• School Team of the Year,

• Excellence in Disabled Sport,

• Contribution to School Sport,

• Primary School of the Year,

• Aviva Unsung Hero.

The top three entries per category which are short-listed will be invited to the awards ceremony. We strongly believe that school sport should be an integral part of school life. Let us know about the sporting life at your school, however large or small the contribution. It all counts.

How to enter

Enter the awards, or nominate a person or team

Gareth A Davies, Chairman of School Sports Matters