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Premier League Clubs and FTSE100 Businesses join Community Groups on London Sport Awards Shortlists

The final shortlists for the London Sport Awards 2020 supported by the City of London Corporation have been announced, with Premier League Football Clubs and FTSE100 business joining community groups, health projects and volunteers across the ten Award categories.

For the first time, the London Sport Awards 2020 features a dedicated category focused on the business community, which will see UBS, Prudential and Cause & Effect Creative vying to be named the first ever winners of the Business Contribution Award in association with the City of London Corporation. This year also marks the debut of the new Inspirational Young Person of the Year Award, which will highlight the phenomenal commitment of three young Londoners to grassroots physical activity and sport.

Two Premier League Football Clubs are recognised in the Impact of Elite Sport category, with Chelsea and West Ham up against Richmond Rugby Club for their work on community and youth engagement plans.

Elsewhere, previous London Sport Award winners Core Sport are nominated alongside Caridon Foundation, Step Change Studios and Hestia’s Family Fitness Project in the Health and Wellbeing Award category – one of two nominations for Hestia, who are also named among the shortlisted nominees for the Children and Young People Award.

The Community Impact Award, the presentation of which will close the London Sport Awards 2020, sees Carers 4 Carers, Black Prince Trust and Barnet Walking Football Team shortlisted in a category won last year by Hornbeam Joy Riders.

Tove Okunniwa, Chief Executive of London Sport, said:This year’s shortlists show, once again, how London’s grassroots physical activity and sport community is thriving.

“Every year, I am blown away by the dedication and commitment on show at the London Sport Awards, and this year’s shortlists leave me in no doubt that physical activity will continue to make a life-changing difference to millions of people right the way across London.

“Congratulations to every project, group and individual on the shortlists; I very much look forward to meeting all of them at the London Sport Awards on 6 March.”

William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: Sport is a major part of the rich and vibrant culture that makes London such a great place to live, learn, work and visit.

“And the people shortlisted play a crucial role in making the capital the world-leading city it is today.

“Their dedication and commitment makes a difference to millions across London.

“Together we will showcase the social and economic impact that they make, and the leading role that business plays in developing grassroots sport.

“Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated. I wish them the best of luck at the ceremony on 6 March.”

The winners of all ten categories will be announced at the capital’s biggest celebration of grassroots physical activity and sport on 6 March 2020 at the Guildhall, in the heart of the City of London. The Awards, which will be delivered in partnership with the City of London Corporation, will bring together people and organisations from every part of London’s sporting community, shining a light on the life-changing impact of physical activity and sport for all Londoners.

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Full Shortlists – London Sport Awards 2020 supported by the City of London Corporation

The Enhancing the Workforce Award

  • ECB Cities Team (Multi-Borough)
  • Coach Core (Kensington & Chelsea)
  • QMSU Community Sport (Tower Hamlets)

The Technology and Innovation Award

  • RunFriendly (Southwark)
  • Street Tag (Barking & Dagenham)
  • Good Boost (Southwark)

The Children and Young People Award

  • Mini Mermaid Running Club (Islington)
  • Movement Works (Lambeth)
  • Fulham Reach Boat Club (Hammersmith & Fulham)
  • Hestia’s Family Fitness Project (Multi-Borough)

The Physical Activity for Health Award

  • Hestia’s Family Fitness Project (Multi-Borough)
  • Core Sport (Hackney)
  • Step Change Studios (Westminster)
  • Caridon Foundation (Croydon)

Volunteer of the Year

  • Linda Almond (Islington)
  • Nafisa Patel (Newham)
  • Seth Lewis (Hillingdon)

The Sport Unites Award

  • Time Out Together – London Sports Trust (Hammersmith & Fulham)
  • Ebony Horse Club (Lambeth)
  • The Golf Trust (Multi-Borough)

The Impact of Elite Sport Award

  • Richmond Rugby Club Community Department (Richmond-upon-Thames)
  • West Ham United Football Club (Newham)
  • Chelsea Champions (Kensington & Chelsea)

The Business Contribution Award in association with the City of London Corporation

  • Cause & Effect Creative (Wandsworth)
  • UBS (Hackney)
  • Prudential (City of London)

Inspirational Young Person of the Year

  • Xahir Durant (Southwark)
  • Vanessa Nsilu (Barking & Dagenham)
  • Nahimul Islam (Tower Hamlets)

The Community Impact Award

  • Carers 4 Carers (Lambeth)
  • Black Prince Trust (Lambeth)
  • Barnet Walking Football Team (Multi-Borough)

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About London Sport

Established in 2014, London Sport is a strategic body aiming to make London the most physically active city in the world. Supported by the Mayor of London, Sport England and London Councils, the agency’s work focuses on enabling more Londoners of all backgrounds to live and enjoy the benefits of active lives

For more information on London Sport, visit

About City of London Corporation

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

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