Awards recognise achievement of individuals of organisations getting Londoners more active
The best in grassroots physical activity and sport in London was celebrated at Lord's cricket ground last Thursday (21 January) at the London Sport Awards.
The annual awards ceremony celebrates the best in grassroots sporting achievement in London and recognises the outstanding efforts of individuals and organisations who go the extra mile in getting Londoners physically active.
Eight award winners, selected from over 300 nominees by a panel of industry experts, got to celebrate their awards alongside stars of sport including boxing legend Barry McGuigan and Olympic fencer Laurence Halsted.
The Coach of the Year award, sponsored by Teamer, went to boxing coach Jeff Clarke (pictured above), for his contribution to the community in Waltham Forest, where he has inspired countless Londoners to take up boxing.
Also shortlisted were football coach Andy Maciel and swimming coach Damien Bryan, both from Kingston. You can find out more about all three Coach of the Year nominees in the video below.
Olympic rower Sarah Winckless, who chaired the judging panel, said: “Judging this year’s London Sport Awards really showed how much outstanding grassroots sport takes place in London on a daily basis. Not only tonight’s winners, but every nominated programme and individual, has shown a real commitment to bringing physical activity and sport into the lives of Londoners.”
With a target of getting 1,000,000 Londoners more physically active, London Sport aims to make London the most physically active city in the world.
Kate Hoey MP, Chair of London Sport, added: “London Sport is committed to celebrating the achievements of grassroots sport in London, and supporting coaches, volunteers, clubs and organisations to make the most of London’s unique infrastructure and sporting pedigree.
“I have always greatly admired anybody who makes a difference through physical activity and sport, and tonight’s awards have been an important opportunity to recognise the power of sport for Londoners.”
London Sport Awards - full list of winners:
Coach of the Year (supported by Teamer)
Jeff Clarke (Waltham Forest)
Volunteer of the Year (supported by Greater London Volunteering):
Tyrone George (Tower Hamlets/Pan-London)
Supporting Grassroots Organisations Award (supported by Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy)
Newham’s Every Child a Sportsperson Programme (Newham)
The Making it Easier Award (supported by Decathlon)
Our Parks (East and north west London)
The Resources Award (in partnership with iSportconnect)
Intelligent Health – Beat the Street (Multiple boroughs)
The Bigger and Better Workforce Award (supported by Sport England)
The Harnessing the Power of Elite Sport Award (supported by British Olympic Association)
Rugby Football Union – Rugby World Cup 2015 and partners (Pan-London)
Club of the Year (supported by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority)
Sanjuro Martial Arts (Haringey)