The institution of Forthnet Award was introduced in the playing season 2002-2003 by Forthnet, at first for the sport of Volley in the A1 Men's Championship, with the cooperation of the Hellenic Volley League Players Association (E.S.A.P.). Forthnet Award basicly concerns the elevetion of the most valuable player of the Championship for A1 division during a playing season.
The success of the institution during the first years of its running, led quickly to its extension in the sport of Water Polo too, for the A1 Men's Championship, commencing in the playing season 2004-2005, in cooperation with the Hellenic Swimming Federation (K.O.E.), while during the seasons 2008-2009 & 2009-2010, the institution of Forthnet Award is expanded even more, embracing the A1 Women's Championships in Volley (with the cooperation of the Hellenic Volleyball Federation [E.O.PE.]) and in Water Polo respectively.
The warm reception of Forthnet Award by the sports fans was a spark for the further development of the institution with one more distinction that concerns the reward of the emerging male & female athletes under 21 years old with the best performance in the matches of A1 division. This new distinction under the title Forthnet Rookie of the Year was launched for the first time in the playing season 2007-2008 in the A1 Men's Championships of Volley & Polo, and successively until the playing season 2010-2011 was also extended to the Women's Championships of the two aforementioned sports.
For the election of the most valuable male player and the most valuable female player of each Championship, the sportswriters of the Greek press that are specialized in the sports of Volley and Polo respectively, have the first and last word and rate the performance of the male and female athletes in each playing day. From the total rating that arises at the end of the A1 Championships, the new male and female winner of Forthnet Award in Volley as well as in Polo is elected every year.
It is worth mentioning at this point, that for the proper and reliable operation of the event, Mr. Michalis Triantafyllidis, who is the "Special Cooperator of Forthnet Sports Events" and a former international athlete of Volley, is a valuable aid-provider from the first year of the running of the institution until today.
Having run a successful course of already many years, Forthnet Award holds a particularly remarkable position in the Greek sports activities.
Until today, Forthnet Award has risen to prominence as winners, significant sports personalities such as:
A1 MEN-VOLLEY FORTHNET AWARD
- o Theodoros Baef (2002-2003)
- Kravarik Andrei (2003-2004)
- Clayton Stanley (2004-2005)
- Jorge Elgueta (2005-2006)
- Marcus Nilsson (2006-2007)
- Boyan Yordanov (2007-2008)
- Liberman Agamez & Ivan Miljkovic (got the same rating at the 1st place, 2008-2009)
- Ivan Miljkovic (2009-2010)
- Dimitris Djuric (2010-2011)
A1 WOMEN-VOLLEY FORTHNET AWARD
- Rouxi Doumitreskou (2008-2009)
- Brizitka Molnar (2009-2010)
- Elena Koleva (2010-2011)
A1 MEN-POLO FORTHNET AWARD
- Antonis Vlontakis (2004-2005)
- Giorgos Afroudakis (2005-2006)
- Giorgos Afroudakis (2006-2007)
- Nikos Ntoulos (2007-2008)
- Manthos Voulgarakis (2008-2009)
- Konstantinos Mourikis (2009-2010)
- Giorgos Afroudakis (2010-2011)
A1 WOMEN-POLO FORTHNET AWARD
- Filio Manolioudaki (2010-2011)
A1 MEN-VOLLEY FORTHNET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
- Gerasimos Kanellos & Dimitris Djuric (got the same rating at the 1st place, 2007-2008)
- Andreas Fragos (2009-2010)
- Dimitris Filipov (2010-2011)
A1 WOMEN-VOLLEY FORTHNET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
- Evangelia Hantava (2008-2009)
- Apostolia Nousia (2009-2010)
- Aliki Konstantinidou (2010-2011)
A1 MEN-POLO FORTHNET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
- o Yiannis Fountoulis (2007-2008)
- Christodoulos Kolombos (2008-2009)
- Kyriakos Pontikeas (2009-2010)
- Michalis Danourdis (2010-2011)
A1 WOMEN-POLO FORTHNET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
- Magdalini Tzima (2010-2011)