What to consider when deciding what awards should be given for your school’s sporting event

Organising sport events for kids in primary school is a great way to motivate them to exercise, while also giving them an opportunity to have fun. Competitions can be organised in many different fields; the only thing you should think about when choosing what type of competition to create is that everybody should be able to participate. But when it comes to competition, especially kids tend to focus on the prize given to the person who wins. When deciding on what price you should award the kids with, there are a few things you can think about.

Awards for participation

With young children, competitions are more about having fun than actually winning. Therefore, you should consider ordering enough trophies for everyone, as an award for participation. To not belittle the victory of the winning team or person, the participation trophies should be smaller than the winning trophy.

Trophies for outstanding achievements

To further motivate the participants, and not just the winners, you could have trophies also for certain achievements. If you’re having a football tournament, for example, you could award a trophy to the person scoring the first goal, or to award the most successful goalkeeper. This could be a great motivation for the individual player to encourage them to keep playing, even if they don’t win.

Organising an annual event

If you’re planning to organise a reoccurring event, you should order the trophies or medals in bulk. A reoccurring event that happens annually can give the children something to look forward to. If you order enough prizes to last you a couple of years, you could also get quite a lot of discount on your purchase, rather than buying all the trophies separately.

Deciding on material and design

The material of the prizes is important. Nickel allergies are not uncommon among younger children. Even for the children that aren’t allergic, it could irritate their skin if they need to hold on to an object with high levels of nickel in the material. It’s not a very good idea to go to the other side of the spectrum either. Using too high class materials for your sporting trophies can be quite expensive and an unnecessary cost as the competition is essentially just a game. Sturdy plastic trophies with a layer of metallic foil to make them shine might be enough. When designing the trophies you should also put a mark on them so that the winners remember what they represent. The name of the achievement, the year, and possibly the logo of your school can be incorporated into your trophies to give them a custom made look. 

For more information and options, talk with trophy companies, like Scotia Engraving.

Tips for Choosing Mats and Framing for Pictures

When you have a picture that needs special protection such as a piece of very fine artwork or an old photograph, you want to have it professionally matted and framed. Mats and frames you choose from a retail store may not work to actually protect the picture or artwork itself, whereas professional matting and framing will mean providing an airtight seal that won’t allow in moisture and other damaging elements. Custom framing also means being able to create or choose a frame that works specifically for this piece of art, according to its colour, size and other details. Note a few factors to consider when choosing mats and framing for pictures and artwork you might own.

1. Let the artwork stand out

A frame is meant to do just that: frame the art and not overwhelm it or compete with it for attention. A larger piece of art may need a larger frame just for the sake of proportion, but choosing an overly ornate frame or one in a very dominant colour can mean downgrading the art or picture. If you hold the artwork up to a potential frame and notice the frame more than you notice the picture, or suddenly the picture is not so striking, you probably need a more subtle frame. This may mean one that is smaller or one in a lighter shade.

2. Choose a complementary colour

It’s common to look for a frame that is in the same colour family as the dominant colours of the artwork, but this too can make the frame compete for attention. It may be good to look for an accent colour in the artwork, or opt for a complementary colour instead. As an example, if the artwork is mostly a sepia tone because of its age, you might choose a frame in a dark brown rather than a sepia shade. If the artwork has strong orange colours, opt for a black frame rather than another shade in the red family.

3. Invest in protective quality

For expensive artwork or photos you want to protect, be sure you invest in quality materials. This would include acid-free backing for the mat and the frame itself. Other materials may be specifically used on antique photographs to keep them from curling or decaying. Ask the picture framing company where you visit to make a recommendation for the artwork itself, based on its age, value, materials and other factors.