The AU Colours Evening is the Athletic Union’s prestigious award event of the year, it is usually held the week after AU Ball in May. Colours are presented to individuals to reward their achievements or contributions to the sporting life of the Union. Individuals are nominated to receive the different levels of Colours based on their representative level and the contribution they make to their club. As well as colours the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year awards are given out on this evening. Nominations are normally open during March, as AU Colours can’t be awarded retrospectively, so it is really important to nominate individuals within your club. The awards are:
• Full Colours: For Club Members who have gained Full, Under 21 or Under 19 International Representation, BUCS British Students Representation or the equivalent highest student level whilst representing the club at the highest level (i.e. first team). Consideration will also be given to club members with suitable outstanding achievements.
• Half Colours: For Club Members who have gained national student representation, BUCS Home Nations Representation, i.e. English Universities or the equivalent highest student level. In the case of sports that do not have a BUCS squad, then a top 3 place in a national individual competition (student or non-student competitions that are accredited by the sport’s Governing Body) can be awarded by a Half Colour at the discretion of the Colours Committee.
• Club Colours: A Club Colour may be awarded to any club member for whom it can be shown that they have provided outstanding service and commitment to the club. These Colours may be awarded for individuals who have shown loyalty in representing the club either on the field or in an administrative role. The Club Committee may deem winning a BUCS Gold Medal a suitable achievement for consideration.
• Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year: Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year will be awarded annually to a member of the Loughborough Athletic Union in recognition of individual sporting achievement in domestic, national or international competition. Recipients must have represented Loughborough Sport. Recipients should have had a large impact on Loughborough Sport (e.g. key to a sports club’s success, coached, responsible for developments or innovations that have been of great benefit etc.)