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Women’s Sport Trust reveals #BeAGameChanger Awards 2018 shortlist

28th March 2018

Women’s Sport Trust has this week revealed the 56 individuals, organisations and initiatives who have made the shortlist for the 2018 #BeAGameChanger Awards and both UWS Sirens and the Netball Scotland have made the cut.

The #BeAGameChanger Awards bring together the visionaries and game changers driving the future of women’s sport for one of the biggest nights in the sporting calendar.

We are delighted to confirm that UWS Sirens have been shortlisted in the Sporting Role Model (Team) Award category – ‘An elite team who has used their influence to raise the visibility and increase the impact of women’s sport.  More people value, participate in, watch and support women’s sport because of them.’

Furthermore, we are excited that Netball Scotland have been acknowledged and shortlisted for National Governing Body of the Year – ‘The National Governing Body (NGB) that has demonstrated innovation and commitment to women’s sport with a clear impact on participation, engagement and profile. This NGB operates as a role model organisation showcasing the value and potential of women’s sport.’

It has been an incredibly busy couple of years for the team behind Netball Scotland and the UWS Sirens, which has resulted in substantial growth across our profile and business:

  • Introduction of UWS Sirens into Netball Superleague (VNSL)
  • 2nd highest Sky Sports viewing figures in the 2017 season
  • Highest social media engagement in the 2017 season
  • Most intercepts in the 2017 VNSL by Nicole Aiken Pinnock
  • UWS Sirens awarded Campaign of the Year at the Scottish Women in Sports Awards
  • 38% membership growth, with latest figures being over 7,500 registered members (as at end February 2018)
  • Improved national performances at international events – NWYC 17, Netball Europe Championships, Netball World Cup Qualifiers (Europe)
  • Improved World Ranking of the Scottish Thistles, now 9th in the world
  • Launch of Community Impact Programmes through additional funding streams: Fun 5z Early Years, InstaNetSirens for SuccessBounce Back to NetballWalking Netball
  • 51% increase in NS National competition participation
  • Increased regional coverage from 26 Local Authorities to 30 (of 32)
  • 172 athletes in National performance programme


The above is just a snapshot of our achievements in recent times, and receiving recognition such as being shortlisted for Sporting Role Model (Team) for UWS Sirens and NGB of the Year for Netball Scotland is testament to the hard work of the NS staff, Board and our committed volunteers and supporters.  We thank you for your continued support and hope to keep this positive trend going, bringing you all even more opportunity within our sport.


Why are awards like #BeAGameChanger Awards so important? 


Jo Bostock, Co-founder and Joint CEO of the Women’s Sport Trust commented “Why is the Women’s Sport Trust so committed to running the #BeAGameChanger Awards? Because compelling stories about the trailblazers need to be told. They set the pace and show what’s possible. Most importantly they stimulate other brands, sport and the media to step up and take action. Building this momentum will ensure the future of women’s sport.”

Visit the Women’s Sport Trust website to view the full shortlist announcement.

What happens now?


Following a public nomination process, the shortlist was agreed by the Women’s Sport Trust Board. The finalists in each category will be chosen by an expert panel before a public vote decides the winners. The winners will be announced at the #BeAGameChanger Awards on 24 May 2018 at Troxy, East London.