Can you believe it’s November already (we certainly can’t)?!
With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the often-dreaded end of season presentation. Whether your club or teams have had a good year or not, the end of season presentation is the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate the year that was. In addition, it is a great time to recognise stand-out performances of the season and provides an added opportunity for all members to bond and have fun together.
So, how, what, when and who?
First of all - don’t panic! Second – set a budget! Third - who? Think about how many people might attend your end of season presentation, from players and members to parents, friends and other family members. From here, you can start to really get a good gauge on the size of the venue you need to find. Remember to keep it local and keep it within your budget. Then sort out other details such as; catering, entertainment and photography. These details can be expensive, so the more quotes you can get, the better. Alternatively, you could ask for some help from people within your club to make food, or for everyone to bring a plate in order to keep costs down. Additionally, you could create your own playlist or slideshow for the night and ask a helper to take photos throughout the night.
Not to be overlooked or forgotten is perhaps the most important part of all presentations; the awards and trophies! For many players and members, this is their favourite part of the season and makes all their dedication and hard work worth it. Try to plan this out well before the event and ask coaches or trainers to help you decide on such awards. Decide on various types of awards and trophies, and if you are having a Players’ Player trophy of some sort ensure you conduct voting for such an award. Depending on the character and level of certain players and teams within your club, you may want to add some fun, novelty awards into the mix, that marks a memorable or funny moment of the season.
In saying this, you should also plan out the presentation format, deciding who is the most relevant person to present each award. To further enhance the quality and professionalism of the event, you may want to create a PowerPoint slide to play throughout the presentation, adding images and statistics to back up the award. For example, batting averages for cricket awards, or number of goals scored for netball awards.
No one enjoys a lengthy, boring speech – however people also don’t want a short speech where a list of winners is reeled out. To conclude, always leave enough time for people to have a good time after the presentation well before it’s closing time. Make it memorable!