Community Contribution Award Categories

The Community Awards are an opportunity to share the stories, celebrate them and recognise the outstanding contributions made by clubs in their local communities. As the industry evolves and responds to the pandemic, we have heard of countless examples of clubs supporting their communities, and we look forward to recognising these contributions in 2021. 

How to Enter
Clubs are invited to submit stories which outline their unique contribution to its community. The contribution may be monetary and/or in-kind and may not necessarily be the club’s largest contribution in terms of financial support. 

You will need to:
  • give your story a title
  • select the category which best fits your story, from one of the FOUR categories
  • answer five questions to detail your story
  • supply supporting evidence such as testimonials, photographs, videos
  • supply your club's logo in high resolution.

Heart of the Community

Recognises both individuals and groups who are the ‘unsung heroes’ in a club or in the broader community

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Support of Sport

Recognises encouragement of sport by a club through the provision of facilities, training programs, financial support and/or the contribution of a club staff to assist sporting groups.

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Health & Wellbeing

Recognising approaches to sustain and build on improvements in quality health and wellbeing in the community - including mental health, problem gambling research or clinical support.

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Education

Recognising educational and vocational advances that enhance the lives of those living in the community.

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Traditional Categories

General Questionnaire

This questionnaire needs to be completed if you are wanting to enter any of the following categories:
  • “Club of the Year” in your respective category
  • Any of the six (6) ‘Core Purpose Awards’ (see below)
  • Club Secretary/Manager of the Year

The General Questionnaire provides the judges with insight into the club as a whole and is pertinent in the judging process.  The General Questionnaire is due in no later than 5pm Wednesday 20 January 2021

Click here to download the General Questionnaire

Financial Checklist

Due to the forced closure period and subsequent trading restrictions brought about in response to COVID-19, a clubs’ financial reports will not form part of the 2021 Awards Program judging criteria.

Community Benefit Statement 

Due to the forced closure period and subsequent trading restrictions brought about in response to COVID-19, a clubs’ community benefit statement will not form part of the 2021 Awards Program judging criteria.

Club of the Year

In 2021, the ‘Club of the Year’ will be bestowed upon five (5) different clubs, depending on ‘size’ of the club, which is to be determined by number of electronic gaming machines. This is a monumental change in the Award for Excellence program, and designed to breakdown the geographical barriers and have like clubs competing on a more level playing field. The ‘Club of the Year’ category has been broken down by the following category, and to go into the running for this award, clubs are required to complete a ‘General Questionnaire’.
  1. Non-gaming
  2. Boutique (1 – 39 EGMs)
  3. Intermediate (40 – 99 EGMs)
  4. Grand (100 – 199 EGMs)
  5. Enterprise (200+ EGMs)

Core Purpose Awards

Best Licensed RSL and/or Services Club

This award recognises a RSL and/or services club with an outstanding standard of the facilities it provides for members as well as its outstanding service to returned servicemen, women and the general community.

Click here to download the Best Licensed RSL and/or Services Club Award Questionnaire

You must also complete a General Questionnaire if entering this category

Best Bowls Club

This award recognises a bowling club for the outstanding standard of grounds and facilities offered to members and guests, as well as a strong promotion of the game of bowls to the community and development programs to support this.  

If a Multi-Sports Club owns a Bowls Club, they are eligible to enter it into this category in addition to the Multi-Sports Club category.

Click here to download the Best Bowls Club Award Questionnaire

You must also complete a General Questionnaire if entering this category

Best Football Club

This award recognises a Football Club that encourages and supports any code of football, including junior and senior footballers, with an outstanding standard of sporting and social facilities available to members and guests. Applicants will be assessed based on the range and quality of facilities they provide to their members along with their community participation, junior development programs and their involvement with any major milestones.

If a Multi-Sports Club owns a Football Club, they are eligible to enter it into this category in addition to the Multi-Sports Club category.

Click here to download the Best Football Club Award Questionnaire 

You must also complete a General Questionnaire if entering this category  

Best Surf Life Saving Supporters Club

This award recognises a Surf Life Saving Supporters Club that provides financial and consistent high standard support to Surf Life Saving.  Applicants will be assessed based on the range and quality of facilities they provide to their members along with their community participation, junior development programs and their involvement with any major milestones. 

Click here to download the Best Surf Life Saving Supporters Club Award Questionnaire

You must also complete a General Questionnaire if entering this category 

Best Sports Club

This award recognises a club that concentrates their core business activity on ONE particular sport (other than Bowls, Football and Surf) and has a consistently high standard of parallel facilities for that sport.   

A Multi-Sports Club that has several affiliated separate sporting clubs under their umbrella can enter a particular club (other than bowls/football) into this category if it meets the criteria of a stand-alone single sports club.  The facilities and clubhouse must be separate to the Multi-Sports Club.

Click here to download the Best Sports Club Award Questionnaire

You must also complete a General Questionnaire if entering this category

Best Multi-Sports Club

This award recognises a club that offers multiple sports to its members and has a consistently high standard of sporting and social facilities. Applicants will be assessed based on the range and quality of facilities they provide to their members along with their community participation, junior development programs and their involvement with any major milestones.

Click here to download the Best Multi-Sports Club Award Questionnaire 

You must also complete a General Questionnaire for this category

General Award Categories

Special Achievement Award – Responsible Gambling

The importance of managing gaming responsibly goes without saying in clubs, so this category recognises a club that excels and demonstrates genuine care to its members and guests, creating a safe, supporting environment for gaming patrons and has superior responsible gaming initiatives. Not only must the club be compliant, but it must go that step further.

Click here to download the Special Achievement Award – Responsible Gambling Questionnaire

Special Achievement Award – Responsible Service of Alcohol

This award recognises a Club that demonstrates that it serves alcohol to members and visitors in a responsible manner, and takes ownership of RSA and approaches responsible liquor service with a well-rounded strategy, exceeding what is legislatively required.

Click here to download the Special Achievement Award – Responsible Service of Alcohol Questionnaire

Best Dining  

This award recognises a club that provides excellent food, service and a value for money dining experience for members and guests. Clubs can enter one or more food outlets into the Best Dining categories. Clubs will need to submit a separate questionnaire for each outlet nominated. Outlets can include coffee shop/café, bistro, a la carte or any other food offering. The four categories are broken down according to an outlet's seating capacity (pre-COVID restrictions).

See the below breakdown for the category:  
Best Dining: 1 to 50 (seating capacity)
Best Dining: 51 to 100 (seating capacity)
Best Dining: 101 to 200 (seating capacity)
Best Dining: 200+ (seating capacity)
 

Click here to download the Best Dining Award Questionnaire


Individual Award Categories

Club Chef of the Year

This award is designed to recognise the skills of chefs and catering staff through their culinary abilities, creativity and innovation. The award is open to all financial members of Clubs Queensland, including those clubs with private catering facilities.

If you have an outstanding Chef, i.e.  someone who continually receives great feedback, is creative, knows your clientele, delivers on budget and more – then please enter them now for this prestigious award.  All they have to do is design two (2) dishes (for judging) by following the rules outlined in the questionnaire. The top 5 Finalists will be announced on 4 January 2021, and they will be required to include the two (2) dishes on the menu at the Club during February when they will be further judged by an anonymous judge’s site visit.

Click here to download the Club Chef of the Year Questionnaire


PLEASE NOTE: submissions for this category close on Friday 18th December 2020.

Young Manager of the Year

This award recognises outstanding young manage within our industry. In order to take out this award, consideration will be given to all activities the nominee performs in their role of manager and will include the initiative they have shown within the club and their community. Judges will also look at their qualifications, any past and current training undertaken and outstanding achievements. The nominee must be dynamic, well rounded and passionate about their position at your club.

A young manager is defined as being under 30 years old as at 1 March 2021, and must have been employed at the club prior to 1 March 2020.  

Click here to download the Young Manager of the Year Questionnaire

Club Secretary/Manager of the Year

The winner of this award will go to a club manager who is responsible for running a successful club. The winner will have a high level of management skill and community engagement, along with the demonstrated ability to grow a business. 

The nominee must have worked a minimum of 2 full years at the club prior to 1 March 2021.

Click here to download the Club Secretary/Manager of the Year Questionnaire

You must also complete a General Questionnaire if entering this category

Club Director of the Year

The winner of this award is to be a Club Director who has provided valuable service to a club.  Judging criteria includes participation in director training, outstanding service to the club and contributing to the viability of the club.

Click here to download the Club Director of the Year Questionnaire