The winners of the London Sport Awards 2021, supported by the City of London Corporation, have been unveiled at a ceremony on Monday 6 December.
10 winners were announced from the final shortlist which comprised an array of community volunteers, grassroots teams, health and fitness clubs, elite sports organisations, and businesses, nominated across ten Awards categories.
The ceremony, held at London’s historic Guildhall, was hosted by Olympian and broadcaster Jeanette Kwakye MBE as the awards honoured those that have made an immense positive impact to grassroots sport and physical activity across London, helping to keep the city moving throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some of this year’s winners include Inspirational Young Person of the Year, Charlie Hyman from Camden, recognised for supporting people with psychosocial skills at Bloomsbury Football, the club the 25-year-old founded, and developing skills for young women and disabled players.
The Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club lifted the Uniting London Award for their amazing outreach to LGBTQ+ communities and giving them a welcoming place in sport.
The Community Impact Award went to Carney’s Community for their support of disadvantaged groups through the power of boxing, whilst the Volunteer of the Year prize went to Nahimul Islam for giving food, education and activity to over 500 young people.
Some of the other winners of the night include London Pulse Netball Club who won the Elite Sport in the Community Award, and Tideway, bringing home the award for Business Contribution, in association with the City of London Corporation.
Broadcaster and Olympian, and host for the Awards ceremony, Jeanette Kwakye MBE said: “A huge congratulations to all the winners of the London Sport Awards.“
“It has been a huge pleasure to host and be a part of the wonderful evening. This is a true celebration of the amazing people and organisations that have given so much dedication to community sport in London, throughout the pandemic, and helped to benefit so many lives. It makes me so proud to be a Londoner.”
Lord Mayor of the City of London Vincent Keaveny said: “It was fantastic to see the breadth and diversity of projects delivered by sports organisations across the capital.
“These schemes have played such an important role during the pandemic in helping people stay fit, healthy and happy.
“The Business Contribution Award showed how companies like Tideway can use their resources, their expertise and their passion for sport to support community physical activity.”
Full List of Winners – London Sport Awards 2021
Young Londoner’s Award, in association with Sported:
Charlton Athletic Community Trust (Greenwich)
By creating Covid-19 safe sport and physical activity programmes, the Charlton Athletic Community Trust helped more than 4,000 young people in a time where physical and social activity is lacking
Read the full story, here: The Young Londoner’s Award- Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Enhancing the Workforce Award, in association with Chipotle:
Tigers Junior Football (Havering)
Tigers Junior Football developed The Futures Programme which helped more than 20 young people become coaches and referees giving great support to grassroots sport.
Read the full story, here: Enhancing the Workforce Award- Tigers Junior Football
Tech and Digital Award, in association with Sport Tech Hub and Loughborough University London:
Street Tag Limited (Barking and Dagenham)
Their mobile application has utilised virtual reality to motivate families to engage with physical activity and has garnered more than 25,000 family accounts.
Read the full story, here: Tech and Digital Award- Street Tag Limited
The Community Impact Award, in association with GameDay:
Carney’s Community (Wandsworth)
A charity that has targeted disadvantaged young people through their boxing and fitness sessions, they have further supported the community by providing physical activity and meals to those who may need it.
Read the full story, here: The Community Impact Award- Carney’s Community
Volunteer of the Year Award, in association with London Youth Games:
Nahimul Islam (Tower Hamlets)
Nahimul Islam has helped 500 young people by delivering over 6,000 meals to people who needed food and has provided essential technology and equipment to help people with physical activity and education.
Read the full story, here: Volunteer of the Year – Nahimul Islam
Elite Sport in the Community Award, in association with the Mayor of London:
London Pulse Netball Club (Newham)
London Pulse has set up multiple community sports programmes that have empowered young women and disabled people to participate in sport by educating and inspiring them through their programmes.
Read the full story, here: The Elite Sport in the Community Award- London Pulse Netball Club
Health and Wellbeing Award, in association with Gympass:
Open Age (Kensington and Chelsea)
Open Age has provided online fitness sessions that have helped many people with exercise during the pandemic and have also provided three regular clinical sessions to those with breathing conditions, Osteoporosis/Osteopenia and those who are at risk of falls.
Read the full story, here: The Health and Wellbeing award- Open Age
The Business Contribution Award, in association with the City of London Corporation:
Tideway (Multi-borough, office in Southwark)
Tideway partnered with London Youth Rowing created projects that helped 70 schools in 12 priority boroughs, based on the London Poverty Profile by providing indoor and on-water rowing classes.
Read the full story, here: The Business Contribution Award- Tideway
The Uniting London Award, in association with Sport England:
Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club (Westminster)
Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club has supported London communities through in-person and virtual boxing sessions specifically creating LGBTQ+ friendly sessions through their #FightTogether programme.
Read the full story, here: The Uniting London Award- Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club
Inspirational Young Person of the Year Award in association with BBC Radio London:
Charlie Hyman (Camden)
Founder of Bloomsbury Football, Charlie has created many community sessions supporting young girls, disabled athletes and those with limited access to sport.
He has provided over 2,000 hours of football, supporting young people’s development and mental health.
Read the full story, here: Inspirational Young Person of the Year- Charlie Hyman
London Sport Chair Jillian Moore, who sat as chair of the London Sport Awards judging panel, concluded: “Every single one of these nominees, winners or not, are an inspiration and all should be immensely proud.
Sport and physical activity, for many has been a saving grace during the pandemic, in what has been a very difficult year.
It is so moving to hear the powerful stories and messages of each of our winners and we are all grateful for their contributions to the community.”