The Sport Unites Award

The Sport Unites Award celebrates organisations and projects funded through the Mayor of London’s Sport Unites programme which have excelled in the use of sport and physical activity to tackle one or more of London’s key social issues.

The Mayor’s Sport Unites programme identified five key social issues in London that sport and physical activity projects could help solve: inactivity, mental health, serious youth violence, social isolation and social mixing.

Since the launch of the programme, the Mayor has supported hundreds of projects across the capital that work to address these challenges, and contribute to making London the most active and socially integrated city in the world.  

This year, the Sport Unites Award will recognise those organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to addressing at least one or more of these issues.

The 2020 shortlist is:

Ebony Horse Club

A horse-riding club based in Brixton engaging young people from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds of all ages and abilities, providing opportunities in a sport that, UK wide, is predominately a white sport with less than 10% of participants coming from ethnic communities.

The Golf Trust

The Golf Trust uses golf to inspire and empower older adults living in care homes and sheltered housing across London to lead happier and healthier lives. In 2019, they delivered more than 180 hours of coaching across ten weeks.

Time Out Together

A free program designed to help local parents and carers with autistic and SEN children cope with the stresses and pressures that can build up through the enrichment of sport and community engagement

Let’s take a look back at the 2019 shortlist…


  • The nomination must be for a Sport Unites funded organisation or project.
  • Projects/activities/initiatives detailed must be part of the Mayor’s Sport Unites programme (e.g. Active Londoners, London Together, Model City, Young Londoner’s Fund etc.).
  • These should have taken place throughout the 2019 calendar year, but the work may be on-going. You can include any non-Sport Unites funded activities that may have contributed to these issues to support your nomination.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • Key achievements and how your project has contributed to tackling at least one of the key social issues in London
  • The use of local knowledge and networks to understand what matters to their community and deliver accordingly
  • Engagement and retention of groups of Londoners who have previously not engaged with sport and physical activity projects
  • Innovative approaches to addressing social issues through sport and physical activity.