All the classics return for 2019, and they've brought a mate. This year we're introducing the Spotlight Award, a celebration of clubs that have gone above and beyond to support other groups, have overcome adversity, or have shown outstanding charitable prowess.

Download the criteria PDF below for a full breakdown of each award.

Voting for this year's Spotlight Award and Colossus Sports' Personality of the Year is open until midday, Tuesday 19 March.

The Panel

All nominations will be decided by a panel comprising of:

  • Vice President Sport
  • Sports Facilities Manager
  • Sports Clubs Coordinator
  • Student Opportunities Manager
  • Student Opportunities Committee representative


Colossus’ Sports Personality of the Year

This award is voted on by all 40 clubs. Each club will be able to nominate one person from their club for this award. This could be for outstanding sporting achievement, fantastic commitment or dedication. It is up to the club to decide who they put forward. Each club can nominate one person, the SCAC will shortlist to 8 nominees, everyone with a sports club membership can vote once for the winner.

Coach of the Year

Coach of the Year is awarded to the best coach of a student club; they may be student coaches or professionals. Development as well as success and achievement will be factors when deciding upon this award.

Full/Half Colours

A nominated award for excelling in their particular sport. The nominee must have represented a College sports team. All sports have specific criteria based on playing ability only. We recommend between 3-5 applications are received to ensure the top athlete is recognised.

Crest Awards

Fifteen crests are awarded to individual members of clubs who have gone above the call of duty, whether they are on the club committee or not. These are not sporting awards but awards given in recognition of dedication to a club in terms of administration, coaching etc.

Freshman Award

Five freshman crests are awarded to students who are studying at Royal Holloway for their first year (including new masters students, etc.) and have shown a great commitment to the club. They must be enthusiastic and show a lot of commitment on and off the pitch. The Freshman Award must be awarded to someone who is viewed as being instrumental in the club's future, and doesn't seem like they have been a part of the club for only one year.


Most Improved Club of the Year

This is awarded to a group that has made significant effort to develop their group this year including membership recruitment, range and success of events, maintaining good finances, committee development etc.

Skills and Employability Shield

This award will be presented to the club that has done the most to enhance the skills and employability of its members. This could be through events, projects, activities or initiatives, but do not necessarily have to be based around the club’s sport, which help to improve the employment options of students.

Community Shield

This award is run in conjunction with Royal Holloway Volunteering and will be presented to the club that has contributed the most towards volunteering in the community, for the SU or elsewhere.

Team of the Year

A special trophy donated by Professor Dorothy Wedderburn, once the Principal, will be awarded at the discretion of the SCAC to the team with the most outstanding performance during that season. It is results based only. Nominations from all 1st teams that compete are welcome.

Club of the Year

This is awarded to the most outstanding club of the year and takes into account every aspect of the club including organisation, development, community work, fundraising, general service, social life and success if competitive.

Raising and Giving

This is awarded to a group that has made a significant contribution to the RAG total this year not only in size of donation but also in commitment, ingenuity and consistency.

Sophie Christiansen Shield

This award is named after alumna and 8x Paralympic Gold medallist, Sophie Christiansen. The winner will be a club who has gone to great lengths to not only make their club as inclusive and as accessible as possible but have also educated their members as to why this is so important.

Spotlight Award

Nominations have been put forward by our sports clubs and shortlisted by the Colours Ball panel, with the final five put to a public vote. This award will recognise a Bronze, Silver and Gold recipient.