Deciding between different materials for your sporting club trophies

Sporting club trophies come in a range of materials that suit different budgets and aesthetic preferences. If you are in the market for sporting trophies, keep reading to learn more about the different materials you can choose from for your trophies.


Plastic is extremely easy to shape into whichever shapes you'd like for a reasonable cost. Plastic can also come in any colour shade, in any variation of transparent or opaque. The quality of plastic injections has improved over time so it is now possible to get a high quality finish to mimic most other materials. Plastic still tends to be the cheapest material to use in trophies, but some users do feel the light weight of plastic trophies does suggest a lower quality. This can be an advantage for very large trophies or transportation.


Glass creates a sleek and modern feel for trophies. In addition to normal opaque trophies, glass can be formed into trophies with transparent and semitransparent sections, as well as into rustic or sharp-edged shapes. It tends to be a pricier option but can be a great option for a more cutting-edge trophy.

It is the least durable of the materials, but in most case glasses trophies are made of safety glass so they will not shatter in a dangerous way if dropped, making them a safe option for display.


Polished wood gives a natural and warm feeling. Using natural hard woods can be an expensive option but also a great way to recognise the natural Australian environment if you are getting trophies made for a competition with international competitors. Wood is often used in composite trophies with other materials, to highlight the natural beauty of the wood.


Metal is the traditional material used in trophies. Given the high weight of trophies, even precious metal trophies are usually plated in precious metals rather than being made of the precious metal. Trophies range from light-weight options such as aluminium to heavy weight options such as stainless steel or bronze. Metals are easy to work into intricate shapes; however, the price of each trophy tends to be proportional to the intricacy of the design (as well as the number of trophies being ordered).

There are many materials options available for sporting trophies depending on your budget. If you are looking to work out the best materials for your trophies, contact a sporting trophy manufacturer to discuss the best options for your sporting club or organisation.