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A brief history Of Trophies.

The very word itself “trophy” derives from the Ancient Greek “tropaion” or “to rout”.

For the Ancient Greeks, Trophies signalled victory in war, with celebrations taking place at the spot of the enemies defeat. Created as a gift for the gods and scribed with the details of the battle.

For the Ancient Romans is was preferred to construct the large Multi-column Trophies within Rome Itself to serve as a reminder to all of the victory of War, and to serve as a homage to the gods.

We have the Romans and Greeks to thank also for the shield and cup-shaped designs of the modern Sports Trophy, as the prize of Olive Oil was presented to the victorious in a cup-shaped award, and the Shield shaped is thought to be derived from the Crests and arms of the Military Victory.

Deliberate intent to destroy any Trophy was viewed as as sacrilege to the Gods, and an insult to the people.

During the award ceremonies for the original Olympic Winners, Laurel Wreaths would have once been used, to then be replaced with Silver Chalices, Trophy cups, and medals.

Throughout more recent history Medals have been presented to those who have served their country at war, such as the Victoria and George Cross.

Modern Sporting Teams are now presented with Personalised Sports Trophies, as Awards gifted to the Winners, to celebrate the win.

Some of the more worlds more expensive awards, such as the FIFA World Cup, Borg-Warner Trophy, FA Cups & Premier League Trophies are seen as the ultimate Sports Award.

The UK is renowned for the manufacture of Awards and Trophies mainly in the Jewellery quarter, Birmingham UK, where the FIFA World Cup Player of the year award is manufactured along with the PFA Award. In Birmingham 40 % of the UK’s Jewellery and awards are manufactured in the Craftsman Center of Europe.

Trophies & Awards & Why They remain an important feature in Modern Sport Culture.

As a modern sporting culture we actively take pride in taking part in Sports with the view that it’s not always the winning , it’s the taking part that counts.

Inside the UK The Pride Of Sport Award takes place in London to recognise those that have contributed to sport in some way, from many different areas in life, proactively encouraging people to participate more in an active lifestyle.

Examples in Football in the global field is the FIFA Development Award for the development of football in countries judged to need the assistance the most.

In the world of Football for exceptional sports manners and behaviour there is the FIFA Fair play Award.

Since 2001 The International Rugby board has been actively gifting the World Rugby Winners Award , along with the Try of the Year Award, Award for Special Merit, World Rugby Coach Of the Year, World Rugby Character, including Women’s Player of The Year and a whole host of other award categories.

Sports awards can come in many forms, both Football and Rugby Clubs tend to provide awards throughout the year, whilst others hold an event and presentation at the end of the sporting season to present trophies to the team based loosely on the below specifications.

The Best Team Newcomer
The Biggest Team Player
Team Player of the Year
Most Improved Player In Team

Trophies are generally supplied to an entire teams or squad, to commiserate the end of the Sporting Year. They provide a reward and recognition along with a lasting memento to celebrate and take focus on reaching a sporting achievement and realising your full sports potential.

For Younger Team Player development, Sports Trophies and Awards can be a pivotal tool to engage, increase involvement and maximise the potential of the players. Awards for outstanding contributions and sportsmanship that can then be applied to adult life, future discipline and working relationships.

How Showcasing a Winners Trophy has a lasting impact on a Young Person’s start in life.

Sports in the Youthful years, are proven to influence and train the brain into a lifelong enjoyment of Team participation, striving for improvements and new experiences. Youth members participating in sport can be seen to increase their key values, including respect for themselves and others.

Team sports such as Football, Rugby, Cricket, Dance and Golf can all aid in agility training for the Mind, Increased motivation to succeed and the correct mindset to complete the sports challenges to win, and the acceptance of Fair Play should they finish defeated.

The advantage for Young people to become engaged in Sport Activities, and team games is that their free time is used for physical and mental exercise, healthy competition, and increases the quality of their lives, by spending time outdoors, improving the level of personal fitness and building new friendships, working to sets of rules.

Working as a team to achieve Team Goals and Trophy Wins, benefits the Youth in socialisation and strengthens their confidence in Social Situations along with the acceptance of mentoring , authority and regulation.

Confidence can be nurtured, and increased Sportsmanship like characteristics can be observed in the Youth Teams, building on confidence for the Young Adults will influence his or her choices further in life, Along with arming the individual with motivation and the self belief to tackle life’s obstacles in a positive manner, engage with those around them, whilst showing competence and character in their day to day activities.

Youths developing sports and physical skills are also expected to achieve well in education, & further Career Development, look after their own health and Fitness, along with boasting higher levels of School Attendance and Leadership.

An Explanation on How Plastic Trophies are Manufactured for the Cheap Trophy Audience.

Many of the Trophies used within Sports Clubs and Golf Teams are manufactured by plastic injection moulded techniques, and mass produced to retail into the vast market demand for cheap Trophies.

Generally more than one plastic type is used for the build of the Trophy, to continually to build up layers and dimensions and shapes.

To create the Metallic Finishes to the Trophies, Hot Stamped Foils are worked and pressed into the curves and details of the Award. This allows for dimensional finishes such as Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Classic figurines created with the injection moulded process can create very intricate shapes, when then placed onto a plastic, wooden or marble base, for a multiple of uses in many sports as an affordable Trophy for teams.

The bases are filled with weights to add to the feeling of prestige and quality when presented.

Each piece of the Trophy is assembled with individual components, with the base made from plastic but designed to resemble, stone, marble or wood. Other considered parts of the Trophy build include the height of the column stages on the award, otherwise known as the risers this allows for the indication of the recipients finishing position.
For an additional trim detail, moulded metal studs can be inserted into the base for a added value.

Personalised metal plaques in the form of a metal plates are adhered to the base where the individual’s name and details of the game is engraved directly.

Plastic Trophies are commonly used in Youth Sports, Dance Schools, Football Clubs and Rugby Teams, they are also a common feature in Golf Tournaments.

Easily purchased and used for Sports Clubs as they are often available as an “Off the Shelf Option”, cheap and affordable for Small Teams, perfect for personalised plates and bases for serving as a sporting achievement reminder and pride and place on a shelf at home.

Very few Trophies are now created in precious metal, more often plated in a Gold or Platinum due to the cost.

For commissioned Trophies, designs are created from one single mould of metal, wood,steel, glass or a metal composite, a simple engrave to the body of the award itself is all that is required to personalise.

However great skill and care needs to be taken by the engraver to ensure that engrave is true and correct with no error, modern manufacture now relies on machined laser engraving, as opposed to hand to minimise the potential for error.

A Detailed Guide to Medals.

The use of Medals is Steeped in History, Historical records details the use of medals as far back as Roman and Celtic times. Worn as a tribal symbol in the form of metal struck into circular jewellery and pendants adorned the necks and wrists of those victorious in battle.

Metal forgery is still used to this day to commemorate both Military and Civil honours.
The classily designed medal includes a coloured ribbon holding a medallion. The medallions may be Die Cast or enamelled, with the more intricate designs containing both.

Medals are awarded to those who have acted in defence of their country, shown great bravery in War, and have proven to be of great service to people in need. The Ministry of Defence Medal Office decides on the issue of the Medals seen as deserving of the award.
Medals can be issued to those serving in the Army, Airforce, Navy, Fire Brigade and Police.

Medals are are issued as following;

  • The Victoria Cross – Gallantry Award for work in Operations,
  • The George Cross – Non Operational gallantry without the presence of the enemy.
  • The Distinguished Service Order – Operational Gallantry in Leadership and Command.
  • The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross – Operational Gallantry in conspicuous acts against the enemy.
  • The Royal Red Cross – Awarded on merit for Nursing Duties.
  • The Distinguished Service Cross – Operational Gallantry towards the enemy at Sea.
  • The Military Cross – Operational Gallantry towards the enemy on land.
  • The Distinguished Flying Cross – Operational Gallantry during active operations against the enemy in the air.
  • The Air Force Cross – Non operational award Gallantry whilst flying whilst not in combat against the enemy.
  • The Royal Red Cross – Merit of award given for Long term commitment and performance of Nursing Duties.
  • The George Medal – Gallantry not in the presence of the enemy.
  • The Queen’s Gallantry Medal – A Civilian Award for bravery, below the George medal.
  • The Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal – Awarded to those who have performed duties and service in the Volunteer reserve Forces for over 10 years.

Info taken from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/medals-campaigns-descriptions-and-eligibility#wearing-of-medals

Use of Trophies and Medals in Schools and Academic achievements

Schools Award Children for the following reasons:

  • Attendance,
  • Performance in Arts and Gymnastics
  • Participation in Sports Leagues and tournaments, such as Football, Rugby, Netball.
  • Graduation
  • School House Awards.

Medals Medallions can be purchased in Custom Designs Such as;

  • Generic 1, 2 , 3rd Places
  • Academic Medals
  • Medals for general achievements
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Athletics
  • Boxing
  • Chess
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Drama
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Bowls
  • Motorsport
  • Music
  • Netball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Windsurfing
  • Weightlifting
  • Sking
  • Surfing

Where did the word “Medal” derive from?

1578 – the word appeared in French as “medaille, believed to have come from the italian variant of “medaglia”, and also latin “”medalia”, loosely translating as “coin worth half a denarius”

How are they Worn?

Usually draped over the Head on a ribbon or cord at the Awards ceremony or Sporting Final. For the Victory Lap, or to be worn by the victorious on the awards podIum.

Average size Medallions range from 50 – 70mm Dia, many colours of ribbon are available.

Common choice of coloured metals for finishing position.

  • 1st Place – Gold or Antique Gold
  • 2nd Place – Polished or antique Silver
  • 3rd Place – Polished or antique Bronze

Multiple Medallion design options available

Facts about The manufacture of the Rio Olympic Gold Medals.

  • Total number needed across Rio Olympic and Paralympic totalled 5130
  • Manufactured at Casa da Moeda do Brasil, alongside the country’s own currency.
  • 24 hour production was required by a team of 80 highly trained individuals, spending 48hrs producing each one.
  • Each of the designs was created and crafted by hand into the mould.
  • Side 1 was designed to include the Five Olympic Rings, sat underneath the rings sits Nike the Greek Goddess of Victory, Side 2 was stamped with the 2016 Rio Logo.
  • To the side of the Medal sits the Sports name engraved.
  • The majority of the Medal is Silver at 99% of the composite, Gold Plating forms only 1.2% gold.
  • Total Weight of the award without ribbon is 500g.
  • Recycled materials included X-ray plates and disposed mirrors making the 2016 Rio Medals the first to be created to such sustainable measures, even the gold used did contain any mercury.
  • The last stage in the process is a spray varnish to create even more shine.

Where did the word “Medal” derive from?

1578 – the word appeared in French as “medaille, believed to have come from the italian variant of “medaglia”, and also latin “”medalia”, loosely translating as “coin worth half a denarius”

How are they Worn?

Usually draped over the Head on a ribbon or cord at the Awards ceremony or Sporting Final. For the Victory Lap, or to be worn by the victorious on the awards podium.