Entries for our 2017 Community Sport and Recreation Awards are now closed. Thank you to all the clubs, organisations and initiatives who submitted an entry. It's been great to see all the amazing work that has been showcased in the last year.
The external judging panel meet on June 8 to decide on each category winner, and winners will be announced at our Awards ceremony on July 11 at SOAS-University of London (Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0XG), where the President of the Sport and Recreation Alliance HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG GCVO will present each winner with their award and £1,000.
Professional Community Programme of the Year Award - sponsored by The Professional Footballers' Association
The Professional Community Programme of the Year Award will be awarded to an inspirational club or group that, through their activities or exciting community project, has increased participation in sport and recreation. This award-winning project might have targeted specific groups that are less likely to participate in physical activity and engaged with them in such a way that has helped make a difference to the lives of its local community.
Added Social Value Award - sponsored by Substance
The Added Social Value Award will be awarded to a club, organisation or group that has really worked to unite a community and help deliver extra skills or abilities to those who become involved, and possibly even deal with antisocial issues in the area through the medium of sport or physical activity.
Volunteering Award - sponsored by Join In
The Volunteering Award will go to a club that has an amazing volunteering programme that can be seen by other clubs and organisations as a role model for them to adapt. The winner will have made volunteering accessible and have encouraged people from all backgrounds to get involved, making sure that the volunteers felt highly valued for their contributions.
Mental Health Award - sponsored by Hiscox
The Mental Health Award will be awarded to a club or organisation that has used the power of sport and recreation to promote well-being, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for the contribution to good mental health.
Innovation Project Award
The Innovative Project Award will be presented to a club that has created a new initiative, campaign or programme that has driven both participation and frequency to underrepresented groups to sport or physical activity.
The Professional Footballers' Association - Professional Community Programme of the Year Award
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) was formed on 2nd December 1907 and is the world’s longest established professional sportsperson’s union.
The aims of the PFA are to protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights and status of all professional players by collective bargaining agreements.
We have also been successful in initiating a unique Community Programme and anti-racism campaigns as well as working with the Football League, the Premier League, the Football Association and the Football Foundation on charity and community initiatives.
Substance - Added Social Value Award
Substance is a research and technology consultancy specialist in working with the sport; sport for development and outdoor recreation sectors. The Substance core team is made up of highly-experienced social researchers, technologists and programme managers. They share an ambition to help organisations that do good think smarter and have a greater impact.
Their work is designed to help organisations:
Join In - Volunteering Award
Join In is part of the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Through their campaigns and on-the-ground network, Join In promotes brilliant opportunities for people to volunteer in their local communities and at flagship sporting events. Their aim is to increase the amount of volunteers in community sport and help more people to get active.
Hiscox - Mental Health Award
This award is sponsored by Hiscox. Hiscox is an international specialist insurance and reinsurance company with offices in 14 countries, over 1,600 staff and customers around the world. In the UK, Hiscox use their underwriting expertise gained over the last 100 years to provide not-for-profit organisations, businesses and high net worth clients with insurance that is tailored to suit their individual and often complex insurance needs.
Hiscox is working with Perkins Slade to provide specialist insurance to UK sporting associations and clubs, from grassroots to nationwide organisations.
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