Community Engagement Award

The Community Engagement Award will celebrate community clubs/programmes which have increased participation by bringing the whole community together through either sport, recreation or physical activity.  

Community Sport and Recreation Awards- Now Open ()

We’d like to thank everyone who has entered the Communuity Engagement Award this year. We’re delighted to announce that the top three entries have been invited to our awards lunch on 15 March. Bookings will be opening in the coming weeks, so check back here for more information.

The final three are;

Burnley FC in the Community

Burnley FC in the Community uses the power of sport to transform lives, the charity’s varied range of programmes ensure every individual in the region has the opportunity to take part in physical activity regardless of age, gender, background or ability.  

They provide a variety of programmes that allow participants to gain qualifications, learn skills for later life and improve their employment prospects. Through a range of education and employment opportunities, their team aims to inspire confidence, teach new skills and raise aspirations. 

Burnley sits within the top 20% of deprivation nationally. Issues within the town include high levels of unemployment, crime, barriers to housing and services, health issues, lack of education and training and low-income households. 

London Youth Rowing 

London Youth Rowing (LYR) is a rowing charity established in 2004, to give young people access to a traditionally niche sport and in turn help the rowing community become more diverse and inclusive. With multiple sites across London, the charity’s primary location is at the Royal Docks Adventure in Newham, one of London’s most deprived boroughs, where they cater for groups from across London and the UK.  

At their main centre they operate the flagship London Borough of Newham (‘LBN’) programme in conjunction with Newham Council, who subsidise sessions for groups and participants in the borough. Since 2017, they have delivered sessions with throughput of over 8,000 through the LBN programme alone. In the last quarter of 2018, 81% of participants were from BAME backgrounds, they also attract high numbers of female participants and local people of all ages with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities. Through their work in Newham, they continually aim to broaden participation in the sport, challenge stereotypes and facilitate access for those who might not otherwise have exposure to these activities. 

Across London, LYR aim to establish sport as a regular habit for young people creating a positive, social and thriving environment through the Active Row Programme, with inspiring Coaches as excellent role models. The Active Row programme is working with over 70 State Schools in 12 priority London Boroughs based on the London Poverty profile. Launched in September 2017, 67% of the 2,780 young people engaged in Year 1 through Active Row were from BAME backgrounds. London Youth Rowing also offers specific Life Skills programmes and development opportunities. The Breaking Barriers programme combines rowing with life skills workshops, placements and mentoring in top corporate organisations across the city.  

Thatto Heath Crusader Amateur Rugby Club 

Thatto Heath Crusaders is an amateur rugby league club situated in St Helens. Originally founded in 1981 the club has gone from strength to strength both on and off the field since being founded, having a large social and intergenerational impact within a local community characterised by low employment and poverty. 

Rugby League is very popular in the St. Helens area and a lot of the players have aspirations of playing professionally. This is of course not possible for the majority of our players and has a big impact on the self-esteem and confidence of the individuals, especially those who have been involved with professional clubs and not made the grade.  

Last year they ran a pilot training programme called ‘Thatto Aspire Programme’ which was basically a series of life-skills sessions focusing on addressing issues such as self-esteem and confidence, practical skills and career advice in order to raise the aspirations of their players as well as keeping them engaged in Rugby League.

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