How to write a nomination

How to write a successful Playwork Award nomination

The key to a well-written nomination is providing the judging panel with specific information illustrating how the nominee is worthy of the award and meets the context for the award. The nomination process requires both the nominator and the nominee to be involved. All nominees need to know they have been nominated.

  • Write short sentences that are concise and give specif­ic detail. Keep it brief…
  • Support the nomination with your own observations as well as qualitative and quantitative information, tell us why your nominee deserves to be the recipient of a Playwork Award.
  • Provide a complete overview of the nominee’s, group’s or organisation’s accomplishments. It is important to tell the nominee’s story as you would to a stranger.

Top tips for your nomination

Type your nomination in a Word document first: This will make it easier to check and correct your nomination before copying and pasting into the form. This will save time and allow you to convey your message more clearly.

Be detailed:

  • If you don’t know the person or organisation you are nominating personally, supply as much detail as you can,
  • Solicit information from others to strengthen the nom­ination. Describe unique characteristics that are more than just that the nominee is a great or nice.

Select the correct award category:

  • Read the category definitions to determine which Award is most suited to your nominee’s achievements.
  • The number of examples is not as important as ensuring that the nominee’s contributions match the award crite­ria.

Give good examples:

Always explain how your nominee has achieved what they have done. Do not use assertions such as “The nominee has done really well to achieve this”; explain what the nominee has done with evidence.

Explain properly:

Who they are, what exactly they have done and achieved, what barriers have they overcome, the impact of on their life and/or the lives of others, and why they are worthy of an Playwork Award.

Background information:

  • Supporting documents can be submitted as part of your nomination, such as website links, photographs, news articles, social media links and Letters of Support. Please keep it brief and relevant.
  • Verify all information in the nomination: Nominations should be checked carefully to verify that all information submitted is accurate and in line with our guidance.

How to structure your nomination

Opening Statement:

Start with a clear, direct, and specific statement of why the nominee deserves to be the recipient of a Playwork Award. Include enough information for the panel to become fa­miliar with the nominee’s specific challenges faced, and results or goals met. List the most important information in the first few sentences and then elaborate as necessary.


Even though the justification is concise, it should not be vague. Avoid sweeping generalities and make every sen­tence count. The selection panel is relying on your words to give them a positive, factual picture of your nominee’s accomplishments. Explaining detailed behaviours and giv­ing specific examples will make it obvious why someone deserves to be recognised.

Supporting Statements:

Support the opening statement with specific examples that address the award criteria and elaborate on why the nom­inee’s accomplishments are worthy of the award. Include qualities that make this person or organisation outstand­ing, and that are clearly relevant to the award criteria. Consider including ‘What did the nominee do?’ ‘How did they do it?’ and ‘What were the results and/or impact?’, in your supporting statements:

Closing Statement:

Describe how others regard the nominee (e.g. colleague, other organisations). Sum up the statement by telling us the biggest reason your nominee deserves to the recipient of a Playwork Award. Mentioning other awards or achieve­ments could substantiate this.

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