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The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership for London


09.12.2009 |

Nominations for the PRO-ACTIVE London Awards Now Open.

Nominations for the 3rd annual PRO-ACTIVE London Awards for Sport & Physical Activity opened 2nd December.

The PRO-ACTIVE London Awards are the only awards that celebrate the contribution of thousands of people, the majority of which are volunteers, who make it possible of Londoners to take part in sports and activities.

With the Olympics now less than 3 years away, sport is taking centre stage and it is these people who work tirelessly to improve the provision of sporting opportunities within the capital providing activities, clubs and events for people of all ages. The PRO-ACTIVE London awards are an opportunity to reward these people for their efforts.

The Girls Active project based in Waltham Forest won the Physical Activity & Health Project of the Year award sponsored by Positive Futures. The project aimed to increase sports participation from 14-16 year old girls who were disengaged from curriculum PE & school sport. This was done by giving them the power to have an influence over the activities they were offered. An innovative range of methods were used to engage the groups, such as text messaging websites and social networking sites.

Joyce Guthrie, the Interim Head of Sport and Leisure for Waltham Forest Borough Council received the PRO-ACTIVE North London Partner of the Year award sponsored by Lee Valley Park for the fantastic work she has achieved in developing sporting opportunities within the borough.

The Barnet on the Move Jogging Programme developed in partnership between Barnet and District Athletics Club & PRO-ACTIVE North London was shortlisted for the Physical Activity & Health Project of the Year Award. The project aimed to increase participation in social jogging through a 10-week programme for beginners, former joggers & runners.

Dr Costakis C. Evangelou Head coach of Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing club in Enfield was nominated for the Coach of the Year Award sponsored by Skills Active. Working in partnership with the police, schools, youth clubs, youth offending teams and the local council, Costakis provides opportunities to all. He is deemed an excellent role model who provides a learning opportunity through boxing for life.

The 2008/09 award were held on the 27th March 2009 at Lords Cricket ground. Beijing Olympic rowing Gold Medalist Tom James was on hand to address the guests.

Adrian Ledbury, Director of PRO-ACTIVE North London said “It is important to have award ceremonies such as these, to recognise and reward the commitment and dedication to sport that takes place in our communities on a daily basis.””.

The 2009/2010 award ceremony will be held at the Brit Oval on Friday 23rd April 2010. The top 3 nominees in each award category will be invited to attend the award ceremony along with distinguished guests from the Sporting world.

The awards will again recognise the outstanding achievements of the unsung heroes of community sport. If you know of someone, or have attended a club, organisation or project that has had a positive impact on you, then you can nominate by clicking here.