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London Sport & Chipotle

London Sport are delighted to have a multi-year partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill which will see the global healthy-eating restaurant company support London Sport’s ambitious vision of making London the most physically active city in the world.

Chipotle Community Champion

Do you know a champion?

London Sport have teamed up with Chipotle Mexican Grill to find the capital’s sport community heroes.

From coaches to administrators to volunteers making refreshments, London is full of people who put all their energy and passion into a job in the sporting world.

Their work makes a huge difference to the health and wellbeing of Londoners, and we think they deserve a moment in the spotlight.

Every month we’ll be picking a Chipotle Community Champion – someone who works in sport and deserves some special recognition for the great work they do day-to-day. Not only will we give them a shout-out to show our appreciation, but they’ll also get a stack of free and healthy Chipotle meals to power their work.

Our Chipotle Community Champions

September: Marcus Cabeça - QMC school of Capoeira

For 15 years, Marcus has been sharing his passion for Capoeira. Since lockdown, Marcus has maintained a weekly schedule for adult and youth through online classes.

Marcus kept existing and new members fit and engaged, which has had massive benefits for the physical and mental health of students.

Marcus incorporated videos during classes to support the teaching of movements, alongside sending equipment to every student. Parents were also engaged by Marcus to build equipment for their kids.

Through his dedication, Marcus has brought the community together and offered much needed support. 

August: Lucas Capalbo - Bloomsbury Football Foundation

Lucas is a youth football coach at Bloomsbury Football Foundation in Central London. More than a coach, Lucas has served as a role model for children in the community.

His immense passion and commitment are demonstrated through the initiative Lucas developed during and post-lockdown. Lucas conducted online lessons to empower children to better deal with mental issues on and off the pitch. 

Lucas’s goal was to ensure that children learned about negative mental health experiences and developed appropriate coping strategies.

Lucas is a deserving chipotle community champion, and we hope that he continues to create meaningful bonds and teach invaluable lessons to children across London. Thank you for your hard work, Lucas.

July: Steven Ita - XLP

Steven is XLP’s sports manager and has helped dozens of young people complete sports apprenticeships over the last ten years. 

Steven was the first person to be involved in XLP’s music program, which resulted in acquiring a mobile studio through MTV’s ‘Pimp My Ride’ television series.

During the first lockdown, Steven helped XLP branch out to deliver free gym spaces to young people. Additionally, he has offered 1-1 coaching sessions to almost 200 students and individually mentored 20 through online work.

Steven is an inspiration to all of us. He is hardworking and a fantastic role model to kids. We hope Steven’s motto ‘Set it, Reach it, Beat it’ continues to echo throughout London.

June: Emma Budgen - Wheels for Wellbeing

Emma has worked tirelessly to keep Disabled people active through cycling throughout the Covid-19 crisis. 

During the first lockdown she organised social zoom chats and 1 to 1 cycle rides for Disabled people; she organised the loan of some of Wheels for Wellbeing cycles to families and individuals who could cycle near their homes when traffic had temporarily evaporated. 

She reopened outdoor cycling sessions after the first lockdown, introducing full Covid-safe measures but also new sessions and small group led-rides and mini-cycle hires in Ladywell Fields. 

Outside of work, Emma continues her tireless quest to get maximum amounts of Disabled people cycling by volunteering to lead more rides! 

May: Ulrike Gerstenberg - Modern Arnis London

Ulrike runs free weekly women’s sessions to empower women with self defence techniques.

In lockdown, she cycled around London and lent her participants skipping ropes, balls and resistance bands whilst carrying out daily online sessions to cater for all ages and fitness levels. 

She creates monthly exercise charts to keep the participants motivated and track progress.

Ulrike goes out of her way to do all these many extra things driven by her love of sport, good health and her community. 

April: Sam Sainsbury - Single Homeless Project

Over the past year, Sam has gone the extra mile to ensure that every Single Homeless Project client who was attending his physical activity sessions prior to lockdown did not miss out.

He ran, cycled and tubed across London to run 1-2-1 physical activity sessions for those experiencing homelessness to ensure they maintain good physical activity levels, and don’t suffer from loneliness or social exclusion. 

He ran weekly 1-2-1 sessions for anyone who wanted them including stretching sessions in the rain (sheltered under trees) and weightlifting in the park in summer heat. 

He also worked extra hours to ensure he had phoned and checked in with participants who were feeling down and accompanied those who needed an extra hand to their vaccine appointment. He always puts the client first.

Nominate a Chipotle Community Champion

We need your help! Nominate your champion and tell us the stories of these wonderful people.

It might be that they accomplished something big, it might be that they went above and beyond, it might be that they’re just incredibly dedicated day-to-day.

Everyone who nominates someone will receive a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for Chipotle to say thanks. (Multiple nominations are OK but we can only send one voucher only per nominator.)

Let’s shine a light on the amazing work that’s being done in our local community, and find our Chipotle Community Champions! We’ll contact the individual you nominated and let them know they could be a #ChipotleCommunityChampion.

Chipotle (CHIP-OAT-LAY, in case you’re wondering!) serves real food – wholesome ingredients without artificial colours, flavours or preservatives – and have a passion for powering athletes and anyone who does sport.

Nominations are open on a continuous basis – each month a shortlist of the best entries is created to decide a winner.

All nominations will be rolled over for the future months

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Chipotle Partnership Updates

NEWS: Our second #ChipotleCommunityChampion is Ulrike Gerstenberg. Ulrike runs free weekly women’s sessions to empower women with self defence techniques – learn more about her work with Modern Arnis London above.

NEWS: Chipotle, and the London Sport Bowl, is now available in even more locations across the capital. Find your nearest restaurant here.

NEWS: Our first #ChipotleCommunityChampion is Sam Sainsbury! Sam is Sports Co-ordinator for the Single Homeless Project and has gone the extra mile throughout lockdown to ensure that every client who was attending his physical activity sessions prior to lockdown did not miss out.

He ran 1-2-1 physical activity sessions for those experiencing homelessness to ensure they maintain good physical activity levels and worked extra hours to ensure he had checked in with participants who were feeling down and accompanied those who needed an extra hand to their vaccine appointment. He always puts the client first.

NEWS: From the 9 April, every month we’ll be picking a Chipotle Community Champion – someone who works in sport and deserves some special recognition for the great work they do day-to-day. Not only will we give them a shout-out to show our appreciation, but they’ll also get a stack of free and healthy Chipotle meals to power their work.

NEWS: London Sport are delighted to announce a new multi-year partnership with Chipotle, which will see the global healthy-eating restaurant company support London Sport’s ambitious vision of making London the most physically active city in the world.

Read the full announcement.

The London Sport/Chipotle Partnership

Chipotle are proud to back London Sport’s #WeAreNotSpectators pledge to champion grassroots sport across the capital. Throughout our partnership, we’ll be aligning our mission of making London the Most Active City in the world and Chipotle’s aim to offer of Real Food for Real Athletes.

We’re excited to be highlighting the work of the sport and physical activity volunteer workforce in London, though a new monthly recongition campaign celebrating the dedication of people and organisations working to make community sport happen.

The London Sport Bowl

As part of the partnership, London Sport are delighted to see Chipotle launch The London Sport Bowl and it’s now available in even more locations across the capital.

The London Sport Bowl is the perfect healthy option for active Londoners whether they’ve just taken their first step into activity or participate regularly in sport or physical activity.

The London Sport Bowl launched in January 2020 and is available from all Chipotle restaurants in London (find one near to you here) as well as on Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

More information and contact details:

If you have any problems/enquires with the nomination process, please contact Zoe on zoe.pace@londonsport.org

For more information about our partnership with Chipotle, or about any other commercial opportunities that are available with London Sport, please contact our Business Development Manager, Jennie, on jennie.rivett@londonsport.org