CATS Awards Evenings
CATS Awards Evenings
CATS Awards Evenings are fantastic and inspiring, they are designed to promote, recognise and reward young people for their positive community action. Young people can be recognised and rewarded for ANY positive community action it does NOT have to be sport related, the sport bit comes in with the reward!
We encourage CATS Awards Evenings to be held within the wider community as opposed to within a closed school or club environment. This highlights the positive contributions made by young people to the wider community and helps to aid community cohesion and inter-generational respect.
Its not all about the reward, CATS Awards Evenings are an important part of recognising the positive contributions made by young people to their communities. We want our CATS Branches to make them special events and so we encourage you to work with community partners, local VIP’s and sports celebrities to enhance the evening.
Who can nominate?
CATS can work with ALL agencies who work with young people and any of these agencies can nominate young people for CATS Awards:-
- Youth Clubs
- Sports Clubs
- Church Groups
- Community projects
- Organisations such as Guides and Scouts.
You will be amazed when you see the fantastic things that young people are contributing to the wider commnunity. Through working with some of the above agencies CATS sees young people being nominated for all manner of positive things, from litter picking, to sports coaching; fundraising to environmental projects; life-saving to awareness schemes!
It is really easy – any young person volunteering their time can be rewarded and nominations for CATS Awards Evenings can come from anyone within the community.
Don’t forget that young people can be rewarded for any volunteer activity, it does NOT have to be sport related!
So, where does the Sport bit come in / why Sport?
Well, why not sport?!
At CATS we believe that – Volunteering is the inspiration, recognition is the key and SPORT is the driving force!
Young people need to be inspired and given the opportunity to try a sport that they may not have considered or, more importantly been able to afford/access before, this gives them a new injection of enthusiasm and helps to promote healthy living.
For example, don’t you think that a surfing session would be a great way of recognising and rewarding a young person for cleaning a beach?
CATS has 5 Levels.
This is so that even the smallest positive community action can be recognised!
It is this that makes us different and provides a progression route for our award winners, thus encouraging future positive community action!
Check out these primary school Buddies. They got awarded a Level 1 CATS Award for volunteering at play times to make sure all the children played nicely together – fantastic!
Why 5 Levels ?
This is so you CATS can grade a young person’s effort fairly, and then give them encouragement to strive for higher awards at future CATS Awards Evenings. It allows CATS to recognise the youngest volunteer for the smallest thing with a Level 1 or 2 CATS Award, up to a Level 5 CATS Award for an outstanding young person who has volunteered 12 months of dedicated work.
CATS Levels 3, 4 and 5 are intended to work with the Duke Of Edinburgh Award scheme and any young person who has achieved this level, will qualify for a module towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The following explains the expectations of the CATS and shows the benchmarking of the CATS Awards so that all young people are graded accordingly across the board.
- The reward for a young person achieving a Level 1-5 CATS Award should be a sport or healthy living reward.
- Sports rewards can be donated by private and public sector sports providers, and the sports should be done outside of school.
- Donated sports rewards give local businesses an opportunity to give back to the positive young people in their community!
These below are just examples of the type of reward you should consider offering to your CATS Award winners – remember, CATS staff are here to help you!
Leisure swim for the winner and a friend
Half-day activity eg: Climbing, Sailing, Windsurfing, Surfing.
Full day activity as above; Kayaking; Mountain boarding; Dry slope skiing.
Go Ape High Ropes Day; Extreme sports day at Lusty Glaze or match tickets for nearest professional rugby or football team
Extreme Sports weekend with local provider