The AA confirms sponsorship of the Jack Ovenden Award for a 6th year

The AA has confirmed it will once again be sponsoring the Jack Ovenden Award for ‘Outstanding Student of the Year’ and trainers are now being invited to nominate students for this prestigious industry award.

The award is administered by the Rescue and Recovery Trainers Association (RRTA), on behalf of the IVR, but trainers do not have to be a member of the association in order to nominate one of their students. However the criteria remains the same as in previous years and trainers are asked to submit the name and details of the student they are nominating and give a brief overview of why they feel they deserve to be considered. All submissions will be reviewed by the RRTA and thanks to the award sponsors finalists will receive a complimentary overnight stay with tickets to the Gala Dinner, for themselves and their spouse or partner, on Saturday 3 March at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon.

On the Saturday afternoon of the 3rd, following the AGM, the students will be asked to attend an interview with a panel from RRTA where they will be asked a series of questions and 2018 winner will be decided.

The award presentation at the Gala Dinner will be carried out by IVR president Nick Ovenden FIVR, who introduced the award twelve years ago in memory of his father Jack.

Nick Ovenden said of the award;

‘This award is very special to me and my family, when I had the idea all those years ago I never thought it would become one of the most respected accolades in the recovery industry. It is a truly great tribute to a truly great man, who cared so much about this industry and would have been delighted to be part of ‘passing on the baton’ to the next generation. I look forward to meeting all this year’s finalists in March.’

Trainers are asked to not only consider those students who excelled in training but also consider those who are good ambassadors and potential role models for those looking to enter the industry.

For more information and confirmation of the closing date please contact Sean Buckley

MIVR, chairman of RRTA, at