The days are ticking away and 14 March is on the horizon, which can only mean one thing: it’s almost time for the London Sport Awards 2019.
Today marks one month until the big night, and we’re focusing in on each of this year’s Award Categories to give you the inside track on each Award and the groups and people that are in the running.
The Children and Young People Award in association with PlayInnovation – Who’s up for the Award?
The Children and Young People Award in association with PlayInnovation was introduced for the first time back at the 2018 London Sport Awards and recognises the outstanding work of individuals and organisations that help to enable more young people to build physically active lifestyles in London.
Here’s the three groups in the running to take home the Children and Young People Award on 14 March.
Panathlon is a charity that provides sporting opportunities to over 17,500 young competitors with disabilities every year. The organisation has been benefiting young disadvantaged people since 1995 and has invested over £8 million in opportunities for young people to compete in sport during this time.
They work with over 300 schools in each of London’s 32 Boroughs whose students take part in ‘mini Paralympic’ multi-sport competitions at primary and secondary level, swimming galas, football, boccia and impairment specific competitions.
In 2017/18, their most recent ‘mini Paralympics’, and their training and coaching days saw over 1,020 schools take part. Without Panathlon, many children in the capital would not have an opportunity to take part in competitive sport.
Badu Community CIC
Badu Community help support the transition young people experience at a critical stage of their lives, starting from primary age and working with them as individuals and their families. Community Interest is very much the ethos of Badu Sport and their programmes have brought people together to build and maintain relationships in and across the community.
At Badu, they aim to provide a positive and empowering outlet for all to embrace, with events that can be a great facilitator for community engagement and interaction, helping build stronger bonds across the capital.
The organisation has been instrumental in breaking boundaries by reducing youth crime rates and developing young leaders to inspire the next generation. However, their work to drive positive outcomes in the community is not limited to their work with kids and young people. This Christmas saw them organise, pack, and distribute Christmas hampers for those in real need in the surrounding community .
The Running Charity
The Running Charity supports young people who are often disenfranchised, destitute, and facing extreme personal difficulties from a place of isolation to a place of community.
Their work relies on the ethos of the many benefits running can bring such as building resilience, confidence and self-esteem and they use this to improve the lives of 16-25 year-olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The Running Charity have identified that running builds the fitness and goal-setting mentality that are key tools to help these young people to build healthy, sustainable futures. Over the years, they have developed and delivered personalised programmes that support some of the most vulnerable young people in London.
What Our Sponsors Are Saying
We are thrilled to be part of the London Sport Awards 2019 and in particular to support the Children and Young People Award.
It is vitally important to encourage young people to be active from an early age and we’ll be delighted to recognise those making an impact in this area at the event.
We love creating spaces that encourage activity levels for children, but also their friends and families of all ages.
We are looking forward to celebrating some great projects and sharing information about how PlayInnovation can enhance current offers out there in our capital.PlayInnovation
You can be there with us as we find out who wins the Children and Young People Award at the London Sport Awards 2019. Tickets are on sale now, but hurry – they’re selling fast, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out!