BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero 2016 - Terms and Conditions

BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero 2016 - Terms and Conditions

1. Any UK resident (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) aged 18 or over on 1 January 2016 is eligible to be nominated, except previous winners of the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Awards, BBC employees or any person connected to the Awards and their close relatives. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

2. The nominee must:

(i) either be an individual, or no more than two people, who are both involved in the same sporting activity

(ii) help amateurs participate in a sports activity

(iii) offer help that does not form part of their job or take place at their place of work

(iv) help voluntarily with no financial reward

(v) in the opinion of the person nominating be deserving of a BBC Award

(vi) not bring the BBC into disrepute (in the BBC's sole discretion)

(vii) have consented to be nominated

3. The nomination form can be found at and can be submitted via email to or sent by post to:

BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Awards 2016

BBC Birmingham

Level 10

The Mailbox

Birmingham B1 1AY

Nominations will be accepted from Wednesday, 24 August 2016 and must be received no later than 11.59pm on Sunday, 23 October 2016.

4. Only one nomination is permitted per person and it should be on an official BBC form. Persons nominating should declare any professional or personal relationship with the person or people nominated.

5. The BBC will appoint a representative in each of its 12 English Regions plus Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who will each shortlist no more than 10 nominees for their regional voting panel. The shortlisting criteria will be

(i) The extent of the nominee's' contribution at the grassroots level of their sport

(ii) the range and number of people helped

(iii) the impact on their local community

(iv) the personal sacrifices or commitment made.

6. Regional judging panels consisting of BBC staff and non-BBC members will meet to select a BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award for their respective area from those shortlisted and based on the criteria above. The 15 regional winners become eligible for the overall BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero 2016 Award.

7. Persons nominated may be asked to disclose details of any, and all criminal and civil actions pending against them, or served against them plus any unspent convictions. Persons nominated asked for this information must keep the BBC informed of any changes to that disclosed up to the point the winner is announced. This information will be handled in the strictest confidence and, as with all personal information, in accordance with the BBC Privacy Policy.

8. Following standard industry practice the BBC may undertake background checks of the shortlisted finalists. Information discovered or that may have been disclosed by the entrants themselves will inform the decision as to the selection of the regional winners and overall winner.

9. A national judging panel will then meet to select the overall winner from the 15 regional winners based on the aforementioned criteria, any supporting documentation and a short BBC film about each of them. It is intended that the panel will consist of representatives from the BBC, leading sports figures and a previous BBC Unsung Hero winner dependent on availability. The judging process will be overseen by an independent verifier.

10. The overall winner will be announced live on BBC ONE's Sports Personality of the Year 2016 programme, to be held in Birmingham on Sunday, 18 December and to which all regional winners and their guest are invited to attend.

11. The judges' decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the awards will be entered into.

12. The regional winners will each receive a regional BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award 2016 trophy and the national winner will receive the national BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award 2016 trophy. There are no cash alternatives and the award cannot be sold or transferred in any circumstances.

13. All winners must agree to take part in any post-award publicity if required.

14. The BBC reserves the right to:

(i) vary the opening and closing times for making nominations and to vary the date of the announcement of the awards;

(ii) disqualify any nominee who breaches the rules or has acted fraudulently in any way

(iii) cancel or vary the awards or any of the selection processes or criteria, at any stage, if in its opinion it is deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside its control.

15. The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction (including but not limited to use of a third party email platform) or any other problem which may result in any interception or loss of emailed data or any nomination not being properly registered.

16. The BBC will be collecting the following personal data; name, address, postcode, contact number and email address of the applicant and nominee for the purposes of administering the Unsung Hero Award. The BBC will only use the personal data for the purposes of administering the award, and will not publish or provide the personal data to any 3rd party not connected with the award without your prior permission. The BBC will retain the personal data for the period necessary to fulfil the administrating of the award unless a longer retention period is necessary as required by Law. If you would like to amend any of the personal data you have submitted or withdraw your personal data please email For more information please visit the BBC's Privacy & Cookies policy at Please be aware that sending personal data by email may not be secure as email messages can be intercepted.

17. Persons nominating and nominees will be deemed to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them.