Choosing and ordering your awards – Hints and Tips

It seemed so simple when you volunteered to organise the club awards but now you’ve started looking online, you’re not so sure!

Perhaps the best place to start is to choose which type of awards you might want. We have previously blogged on this topic and you can read that blog here: Which is the most rewarding award?

Whilst pondering on that decision, here’s some more tips and advice, all based on the experiences of real customers like you…

Budget

It’s the most obvious factor in the selections you make. We have tried to help you focus on the awards in your price range by adding a price slide bar to each category. You can set a maximum and minimum price which will return the relevant awards for your perusal.

One error made at this stage is not factoring in the cost of any personalisation or delivery so have a think about what you might want engraved on awards and check out our pricing here: Delivery & Engraving

You may be surprised just how far your budget can stretch, and don’t forget the Clubhouse Trophies Price Promise.

Size matters!

Awards come in all shapes and sizes. Like many others, our website is structured to show the image and price for the smallest award in a range. When you select a different size, the price will change.

Awards of a lesser value can come in smaller sizes, 7cm – 12cm (2 ¾ – 4 ¾ inch) is not unusual. Whilst a smaller product for a smaller price is to be expected, if the customer hasn’t noticed the size before ordering, the end result can feel underwhelming.

In addition to a “Size” dropdown menu, all of our awards have a brief description at the bottom of the product page. This description will include the size(s) available.

One sure fire way to protect against disappointment is to keep a ruler to hand when browsing. Use this to check the size and even spread your thumb and forefinger by the measurement in order to give you a better feel for the size of the award.

When should I order my awards?

There are numerous reasons for not ordering your awards until the last minute. Life goes on outside of our club commitments after all. However, this can have an adverse effect on the selection of awards available to you.

We recently had a customer who made their order at the very end of their season only to find that the very popular awards that they wanted were sold out across all suppliers!

Leaving your order to the last minute can also leave you open to problems other than supply.

Errors in your engraving instructions are more likely when you’re in a rush. We, along with all other engravers, will stick to the text that you provide (especially when time is tight). Whilst we endeavour to find a solution, this can be a costly mistake, essentially having to pay twice.

Preparing artwork for engraving images and logos takes us a lot of time. If an order is under time constraints, this can lead to additional charges.

Throw in ad-hoc delivery delays and you can see the potential for error is magnified when time is at a premium.

Leave yourself (and us!) some lead time

 We recommend that you allow a minimum of a fortnight lead time between confirming your order and receiving your awards. Ideally, you would make your order six weeks before the end of the season.

Buy now, personalise later

If your club is anything like ours, you probably won’t know who the winners of your awards are when you need to order them (especially if you are allowing the time suggested above). Don’t let this worry you.

Order your awards in good time regardless. We are happy to look after your awards until you have the agreed text and winners names. Again, just make sure that you allow at least a week from sending us the final text to receiving the awards.

 

Whatever your circumstances, ultimately, we’d like to help so do get in touch. We have performed miracles in the past, we just can’t guarantee them!

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Which is the most rewarding award?

If you’re not sure what type of award you want or just want to know what’s available, let us guide you through the dizzying number of awards available by looking at the main types of award that have endured over time.

Cups

The most iconic of awards, there aren’t many major sporting events that don’t award a cup as their top prize. Think of the FA Cup, Calcutta Cup or even the Stanley Cup in North America.

Cups are traditionally presented annually although there is now a wide variety of lower cost cups available that are designed as individual awards to be kept by the recipient.

Cups are very much multi-purpose e.g. not specific to any one particular sport, so they are a popular choice. They can be made from several materials such as cast metal, silver plated metals, and pewter or, at the lower end of the price range, even plastic.

Depending on the design, a cup can normally be personalised on the main body and the base plinth.

Trophies

Trophies come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are most likely to be specific to a particular sport.

Resin trophies have now taken precedence over plastic. This has allowed designers to make sport specific trophies in their thousands which is why most of us in the industry will list awards by their sport or activity. As an alternative, a plastic component can be adhered to a marble base which can make even small trophies feel a bit more substantial whilst the price is less so.

It is common for a trophy to have a circular space for a “centre”, a decorative stick on plaque that typically depicts a sport. These are either 25cm or 50cm (1 or 2 inch) in size.

The vast majority of trophies allow for a metal plaque to be fixed, typically, to the base. The plaque can be personalised. Just keep it concise. Too much text can be illegible on a small plaque which is why we tend to limit the characters used. We don’t charge for engraving up to 50 characters. Less is very much more.

Medals

Another iconic award. Even the most sport phobic of folk will be aware of the classic Gold, Silver and Bronze medal presentation. If only we could get the Olympic contract!

On the whole, medals are still round in shape but the manufacturing process now allows all manner of designs. Again, most medals are available in Gold, Silver and Bronze and are sized by diameter with 50mm (2 inch) being the most common. Many medals are now sport specific but there plenty of generic options that cater for a centre (like trophies, above).

Most medals can be engraved on the reverse. Again, keep this inscription short but sweet. Keep it under 30 characters and we don’t charge!

Medals are great for tournaments or end of year presentations as you can buy large numbers for a relatively low cost and, let’s face it, kids love to receive a medal.

And don’t forget the ribbons! Very few come with one as standard.

Shields

These are the perennial presentation piece. A wooden shield displaying numerous scrolls and shield shaped plaques that are traditionally used to record annual winners be they individuals, teams or clubs.

Shields come in differing sizes and the number of shield plaques (side shields) will differ by size.

It is now also possible to buy individual shields for the recipient to keep and these make a nice alternative to a resin trophy or medal.

 

Still haven’t found an award to catch your eye? Then we recommend browsing through our Glass & Crystal range. There are almost limitless shapes and sizes and all of them will look fantastic on any mantelpiece or in any trophy cabinet.

In addition to text, we can engrave glass and crystal awards with images and logos. The end result is always attractive and makes a real change to the traditional awards.

So there are the main contenders for your affection. Don’t forget, there are other options available on our website such as Salvers, Tankards and Presentation boxes. It is also worth a look through our Corporate Awards selection for something different.

And remember. The vast majority of clubs that we help select a mix of the above. You don’t need to stick to one type!

Whichever awards you choose for your club, make sure you get in touch with us. We stand by our price promise in addition to any special offers that we may have running at the time.

Happy shopping!