14 March 2019

Twickenham Stadium is the iconic sporting venue for tonight’s London Sport Awards, an evening dedicated to showcasing all that is good about community, grassroots sport and physical activity.

Back in January, we marked the 10th year since we began delivering our new and improved sports development programme for young Londoners – Getting Ready.  The programme has 3 key focuses:

  1. With and through community youth organisations, enable all young Londoners the chance to get active in a creative, fun and safe space
  2. Combine good youth work alongside quality sports coaching and leadership to develop a confident and capable workforce to activate young Londoners in the way that works for them
  3. Provide a platform and pathway for community youth organisations to become an integral part of the capital’s community sport infrastructure

And a decade on, just after International Women’s Day and with new awards host Jessica Creighton making her debut, we are delighted that our girls and young women volunteer programme, Active Leads has been shortlisted for the Workforce Award.

It’s brilliant to see five of our member organisations have also been shortlisted across the eight award categories. This is great recognition of their dedication, hard work, skill and professionalism in helping London strive to be the world’s #MostActiveCity. Hear from them below about what it means:

The Children and Young People’s Award

Badu Community CIC –  @BaduSports

‘With almost 11 years serving the community, we are ecstatic to be nominated for this award which recognises all the efforts made to improve and enhance the lives of young people through Sports and mentoring. We get great satisfaction from serving our local community in an holistic way to help and equip young people and their families to build resilience in the face of adversity.’

The Sport Unites Award

Salaam Peace – @salaampeaceSP

‘Being shortlisted is recognition for all our staff and volunteers, partners and funders for consistency in our work for several years. The team represent the community with our diversity and have shown that communities can come together.’

The Sport Unites Award

St Matthew’s Project –  @smpbrixton

‘It’s great to be up for an award, especially as we celebrate our 15th anniversary in June. It’s nice to get a bit of recognition after all that time!’

The Harnessing the Power of Elite Sport Award

Big Kid Foundation – @BIGKIDCharity

‘We are profoundly grateful to have been shortlisted for this award, it is a real privilege to see the difference American Flag Football is having on our young people and the Stockwell community. There is a real excitement about the sport – I mean why wouldn’t there be, Efe Obada himself comes and trains with us it’s mind blowing! Everyone is new to the game so we’re all on a level playing field.’

The Harnessing the Power of Elite Sport Award

Palace for Life Foundation – @PalaceForLife

“By utilising the skills, expertise and good will of CPFC fans we have been able to connect young south Londoners with opportunities they would not ordinarily have had. Being shortlisted for an award is an incredible recognition and celebration of the magic that we see happening everyday within our Palace family; letting young people and fans feel more connected to the local community.”

From everyone at London Youth, best of luck to each of the 24 organisations shortlisted, particularly to our five members. To keep up-to-date with the ceremony, follow #LondonSportAwards.

John Jones, Sports Development Officer


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