The Jack Petchey award scheme is very popular and widely used. Over 1000 schools and clubs run the scheme. Over £2 million is allocated to this scheme every year. Participating clubs select 1 young person (age 11-25) to receive an achievement award bi-monthly. The winner receives a framed certificate and sum of money (in our case, £200) to be spent according to the recipient's choice. The money must be spent on the club, not the individual. Examples of purchases include new tracksuits for team members, new equipment for the club, or any item that the recipient feels will benefit the club.
Members of the club are invited to make suggestions for the recipient's of the award. To win an award the recipient does not have to be the fastest or best athlete. They do need to be exceptionally hard working or to have done something really positive for other people and the club. It is especially important that the younger members of the club nominate athletes for this as well as parents, coaches and older members. Once nominations have been collected, the recipient will be chosen by the committee. The Jack Petchey co-ordinator will inform the recipient that they have won the award. The recipient will be presented with the certificate and cheque at a suitable occasion (i.e. club awards night, club champs etc). They will then meet with the Jack Petchey co-ordinator to decide how they would like the money spent. All members of the club are encouraged to come up with ideas to go on a 'wish list' of items they feel will benefit the club, although ultimately it is the recipient's choice of how the money is spent. The items must be purchased as soon as possible after the decision has been made, certainly before the next quarterly award is presented.
Barnet & District A.C have been placed on the silver award scheme. This means we receive 6 awards of £200 each year.
At the end of 2011 as an example the award was used on the YA's Xmas party which took place on December 18th at Middlesex University. YA's were treated to games, a bouncy castle and pizza at the end!