London Sport Awards 2019

02 January 2019

Sport Unites award

The 2019 London Sport Awards will feature a new Sport Unites award – as supported by the Mayor of London.

The Sport Unites award celebrates the power of sport to improve social integration in London – recognising projects that have helped relieve tension, end disunity or discrimination, and promote better understanding and acceptance of differences and individuality through physical activity and sport.

The London Sport Awards is the capital’s biggest celebration of grassroots physical activity and sport, and an opportunity to shine a light on community sport. The London Sport Awards 2019 will take place on Thursday 14 March 2019 at the home of English rugby, Twickenham Stadium.

Find out more about the Sport Unites award, including nomination criteria and instructions on how to nominate.

Q&A with Alice Wilcock

Alice Wilcock

Alice Wilcock is on the judging panel for the 2019 London Sport Awards. Alice is the Mayor of London’s Assistant Director of Team London and Sport.  

1. Why did you want to judge the 2019 London Sport Awards? 

The London Sport Awards is always an inspiring evening. As a long-time supporter of the event and grassroots sport in general, I’m honoured to once again represent Team London as a judge for the 2019 London Sport Awards.

London Sport and the Mayor of London share the same vision: to make London the world’s most active city. This is an ambition I am also passionate about, and one of the main reasons I’m so excited to be involved as a judge. 

Above all else, the London Sport Awards – across eight categories – give due recognition to the brilliant work being done throughout the city. As a judge I look forward to unearthing the people and projects that are harnessing the power of sport to achieve the Mayor’s ambition of making London the most active and socially-integrated city in the world. 

2. What do you hope to see from entrants?

I am excited to discover initiatives that highlight how sport can bring people together to create strong communities and cherished relationships. I am confident we will do so. I urge nominees to show how their work encourages Londoners of all backgrounds to take part in sport – whether this be drawing young people into active lifestyles, tackling social isolation amongst older Londoners, or something in between.

The 2019 event sees the introduction of the Sport Unites Award. This award, being presented in association with Mayor of London, will recognise community projects that celebrate our differences through the power of physical activity and sport.

Sport Unites is the Mayor’s new community sport programme. One of its defining features is to make social integration a priority for community sport initiatives. So, I look forward to nominees sharing projects that help Londoners build new connections, enhance community cohesion and improve social integration.

3. What advice can you give to our 2019 nominees? 

As a judge, I want to understand how sport or physical activity has played a role in bringing people together and developed connections between Londoners of diverse backgrounds and circumstances.  

So beyond the obvious things – like making sure your application clearly addresses the criteria – I recommend nominees provide specific examples of the benefit of their work and how it has improved the lives of Londoners over the past year.

4. Why should people/organisations enter the London Sport Awards?

There are thousands of people and organisations across London who deliver powerful sporting projects day in, day out. Entering the London Sport Awards is the perfect way to celebrate this tireless work and determination. The awards raise the profile of organisations and help promote the social value of community sport in London.

Attending the awards event is no doubt the icing on the cake. The evening, set to take place at Twickenham in March, provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and hear about the positive work happening across the city.