Welcome to the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2022: Community Club of the Year.
Making its first appearance, the Community Club of the Year category celebrates those organisations, clubs and programmes that have directly improved the local community throughout the last 12 months.
Entries for the Community Club of the Year category are now closed. The finalists for the 2022 Community Club of the Year category are:
Leeds LDM Basketball exists to support and raise the aspirations of the city’s most deprived communities through basketball.
As well as this, during the school summer holidays in 2021, they supported the Leeds Healthy Holidays Project – providing food and physical activity (at free sessions) to those who would have struggled to access both outside of term time. Over 150 local young people benefited from their support. In September 2021, four teams were entered into the Junior National League, which also gives the players a chance to travel across the country to play.
They are also one of a handful of Black-led basketball organisations in the north of England and have been very proud to promote equality and diversity within the sport and local community; they have started the first women’s team in Leeds, catering primarily for women and girls from Black and Muslim backgrounds.
Billingham Boxing Academy is a proudly inclusive boxing club, which uses boxing to improve the lives of members of their local community.
They run an array of programmes including, but not limited to:
- All Stars – sessions for people with SEND.
- Parkinson’s Punchers – sessions for people with Parkinson’s Disease, helping to improve mobility and confidence and meet others with the same condition.
- Project Blue Light – daytime sessions for emergency services workers.
England Boxing, with over 900 clubs to choose from, have also recently designated them as one of just 19 inclusive boxing hubs in the country. They have created a focal point for the community in which they are located, creating opportunities for many people who would not have thought of a boxing club as a place for them, and welcoming everyone.
Developed to raise the profile of adapted cycling for disabled people and those with long term health conditions as a viable opportunity for activity and mobility, Ride Ahead Together has provided the West Midlands with more adapted cycling opportunities at different levels over the last year.
They aim to create a family environment where disabled and non-disabled people cycle together, and provide an offer that extends beyond traditional disabled-only sessions. Their Try-Cycle initiative aims to introduce people to adapted cycling as a family, Cycle With Confidence provides education to those wanting to explore using cycling infrastructure and roads, and Out On Your Loan provides long-term loan cycles to those who are unable to afford their own bike.
The Midland Mencap Parkride, supported by Ride Ahead Together, is another initiative that provides the whole family with an opportunity to enjoy cycling together, by giving them access to a range of adapted and mainstream bikes to enjoy together for free.