The London Sport Awards, taking place at Wembley Stadium on the evening of 8 March 2018, are the biggest celebration of grassroots sport in the capital.
Premier is the UK’s number 1 sport and physical activity provider. Since 1999, we have been supporting schools and local communities to improve the level of physical activity and the opportunities available to young children. Now, nearly 20 years on, Premier works with over 2,500 schools every week and recorded over 13 million visits on activities last year. Our network of over 1,200 dedicated and passionate Activity Professionals deliver industry-leading programmes for sport, dance, drama, and health & wellbeing. Premier also has delivery models in India, with professional football team Fateh Hyderabad AFC, and the USA, with Start Healthy Soccer. Our mission is simple; we want to Educate and Activate the World. Find out more about Premier at www.premier-education.com
Asian Women’s Workforce Partnership
Working in collaboration, partners were able to achieve something that has never been tried before. Reaching out to one of the hardest to reach groups and making a genuine and positive change. A range of partners lead by the Muslimah Sports Association (MSA), the Essex FA and Vision Redbridge Culture and leisure, created an environment to develop 15 new FA Level 1 Coaches, who are all Asian Females. The MSA were able to advise other partners of the barriers to Asian Females engaging with coaching awards. A bespoke FA Level one coaching award was designed based on the advice and guidance shared through the MSA. Through the support of the Black, Asian Coaches Association (BACA), the course imagery and text was refreshed. The Essex FA and the FA were able to organise a female tutor along with female safe guarding and emergency aid tutors. The Al Madina Mosque allowed the group to use its wonderful facilities. This local and amazing facility boasts an indoor sports hall and meeting rooms which allowed the course to meet the needs of the target audience. The MSA were able to attract and secure 15 Asian Females to register and complete the course. This course was inclusive of all females, although Asian Females were targeted. Every “learner” managed to complete the course and gain there FA Level Coaches award and as a result 15 new Asian Female coaches were trained. To put this into context, there will be 15 news football groups that will be coached by Asian Females.
As a marginlised community it is extremely difficult for trans people to access public sports facilities and particularly a public swimming space. TAGS began with a session in Lewisham, and has grown to have sessions in Hackney, Southwark and Camden. TAGS sessions average between 10-15 swimmers every week, and they have provided swimming sessions to hundreds of trans swimmers over the past couple of years, including some people who have not swam for twenty years. Because TAGS have been able to change perceptions and build a positive environment for the trans and non-binary community, some users travel over 50 miles to attend sessions. TAGS currently have over 300 members across the TAGS Birmingham and London Facebook groups. TAGS have worked extremely closely with facility operators to educate them on the barriers and motivations of trans people when accessing physical activity, and particularly swimming. They have encouraged facility operators to make a number of changes to provide safe spaces for trans people to attend, ranging from marketing, to policy, to facility changes, to staff education.
Disability Sports Coach
In 2017, Disability Sports Coach have trained and deployed a workforce comprising of 95 coaches and volunteers to help support the delivery and growth of disability sport. 32 coaches and 63 volunteers have been integral to supporting disabled Londoners access over 1,814 hours of inclusive activity across 22 London Boroughs. Regular activities have been delivered for over 1000 disabled people who attend 11 Community Clubs (weekly pan-disability sports sessions for disabled people) and over 30 other organisation’s activities including Schools, Colleges and Universities, NGB’s, Disabled People’s Organisations, youth centres and community groups. The quality of delivery has ensured a better sporting experience for disabled people and our activities saw a staggering 13,000 visits. All 32 coaches and 63 volunteers have obtained specialist training to improve their knowledge and understanding of disability sports provision, further improving the quality of provision for disabled people. The DSC workforce have also provided activities in over 40 sports during 2017, including Paralympic sports such as Boccia and Goalball, adapted sports such as Polybat and New Age Kurling and a diverse range of mainstream sports such as Martial Arts, Dance, Wallball, Boxing and Skateboarding. DSC’s consistent commitment to developing a more representative workforce ensures that Londoners from differing backgrounds feel comfortable to access sport and physical activity.