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The Children and Young People Award

The Children and Young People Award recognises the magnificent work of individuals and organisations that support and enable young people to form a positive physical activity habit for life.

Children and young people are London’s future. Enabling them to enjoy the benefits of physical activity and sport from a young age is vital to growing the future health of the capital.

The Children and Young People Award celebrates the outstanding work of individuals and organisations who are providing young people (under the age of 25) with the best opportunity to live a physically active life.

Whether in school or within the community, this Award celebrates those initiatives that are having the greatest impact on supporting young people to enjoy the benefits of physical activity and sport.

The 2020 Shortlist is:

Hestia’s Family Fitness Project

Aims to improve the health and fitness levels of children accessing Hestia’s Domestic Abuse and Modern Slavery services, using physical activity as a tool to facilitate the recovery from abuse. In 2019, the project ran across 12 London boroughs.

Mini Mermaids Running Club

Working with girls aged seven to 11 in primary schools and community centres, this club uses physical activity combined with mindfulness to strengthen girls’ self-worth and value. The club works to engage those girls at risk of becoming inactive.

Movement Works

Provides regular physical activity workshops to target children whose movement and developmental opportunities may be limited through their situation and run programmes to provide support for specific groups such as BAME and Autistic communities.

Fulham Reach Boat Club

Breaking down social barriers by engaging some of the most deprived young people in London to take part in rowing, Fulham Reach Boat Club have had particular success in helping efforts to reduce criminal re-offending.

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

Nomination Criteria

Nominees should demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • Working with children and young people (below 25).
  • A creative approach to getting more children and young people involved in physical activity and sport and/or reducing levels of inactivity among children and young people.
  • A positive impact on the lives, health and wellbeing of children and young people.
  • An ability to increase the proportion of young people from under-represented groups taking part in regular physical activity and/or sport.
  • An ability to integrate regular physical activity and/or sport into daily routines for young people who were previously inactive.
  • The nomination must detail activities/projects/initiatives that have taken place throughout the 2019 calendar year. The work may be on-going.