Hosted by BBC Sports presenter Andrew Cotter, the 2017 Sporta Awards were held on 17th May at Sheffield City Hall where the achievements of Sporta Trusts were celebrated.
At the ceremony sport, leisure and culture trusts from across the UK came together in to celebrate a year in which trusts have become more central to the health and wellbeing of communities across the country.
Managing the UK's publicly-owned services and facilities, trusts have taken a major step forward in changing the shape of services to target people with short and long-term health issues, who struggle to access physical activity or simply are not engaged in any form of physical or mental stimulation.
Sporta UK Chief Executive Brian Leonard said: "The range, diversity and depth of the work now being done in our communities by these trusts is quite exceptional, and I think much of it goes unrecognised. That is why we launched the awards that turn the spotlight on some of that work and the people showing the ambition, creativity and commitment to turning lives around. A key part of that is partnership and that was evident in the awards with local and national government, the NHS, other charities, sport, leisure and culture organisations all part of the celebration and the great success stories we heard about in Sheffield. We hear a lot about services being cut back, and there's no doubt that we are living in very difficult times for public service finances, but there is some wonderful work being done by these trusts from the southern tip of England to Wales, northern Ireland and the very north of Scotland. We congratulate the winners but also take our hat off to the more than 100 trusts who entered and allowed us to showcase their work."
Sporta would like to extend great thanks to all who generously supported the awards, and congratulate all trusts for their ongoing vital contributions to improving the health and wellbeing of those in need.
AWARD NOMINEES & WINNERS
The Awards were judged by an independent panel of leading individuals from across the sport, activity, health and culture sectors.
The independent panel comprised of:
Prof. Ken Fox - Emeritus Professor, Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Bristol (Chair)
Lara Lill - MD, Global Active Ltd.
John Maude - Ex. CEO, North Country Leisure
John Wileman - Head of Sport, Community and Leisure Centres, Nottingham City Council
Kim Atkinson - CEO, Scottish Sport Association
Greer Roberts - Sustaining Excellence Manager, The Wellcome Trust
Simon Hughes - Owner, Complex Consultancy Ltd.
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