The ECF Awards Committee invites nominations for the 2017-18 season in the following categories (for the purposes of these awards, please note that the season starts with the British Championships in late July)
Club of the Year
Has your club done particularly well this year? Outstanding results? Increased membership? Encouraged juniors? Anything else?
Small Club of the Year
As above, but for clubs with fewer than 16 members.
Congress of the Year
Have you taken part in an especially enjoyable congress this season? A ‘hardy annual’ to which you return every year? An outstanding new one? This is an opportunity to say thanks to the hardworking organisers.
Website of the Year
Many websites have sprung up in recent years. Some merely lists of results and statistics; some far, far more, encouraging membership and offering advice for improving one’s game. For this award, the citation can be minimal – the websites can speak for themselves.
Magazine of the Year
Last year we re-introduced this award for the special case of the Braille Chess Associations Gazette. We also received nominations for the Norfolk and Northumberland Chess Bulletins, both excellent little magazines, printed and published regularly for many seasons and both reinvigorated recently by new editors. Both have received this award before, and I would be prepared to see both receive the award again this year. Do any other chess organisations produce printed magazines? Otherwise we will discontinue this award once again after this year.
President’s Award for Services to Chess
A rather vague title, but one which gives us an opportunity to thank those stalwarts whose work, year in and year out, running clubs, county organisations, congresses, coaching and many other things that enable the rest of us to enjoy our great game. We normally make three to five of these awards each year.
Player of the Year
A two-stage process. Nominations are invited, but as with all the other awards, these must be accompanied by a citation giving reasons why the nominee should receive the award. These citations would be considered by the Awards Committee, who would then select a shortlist of about 6 players. Once the short list is decided upon then members will be invited to give their votes.
The Awards Committee hopes to make its recommendations for these awards in time for them to be ratified by the Board at their June meeting. In the case of Player of the Year, nominations and citations should be received by May 17th, to allow time for shortlist selection and voting. I would expect the voting to take place in the first week of June. All nominations for other awards, together with the appropriate citations, should be received by May 27th.
Nominations, together with attached citations, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
— Paul Bielby, Chairman ECF Awards Committee