This award celebrates the work of local community groups to increase participation in sport and physical activities.

About the Best Community Contribution to Sport or Physical Activity award

Whether as part of a team or as an individual, being physically active improves physical health and mental wellbeing. Increasing the number and extending the range of regular participants and volunteers as part of a community programme, binds people together with their neighbours and friends.

From running or cycling clubs, walking football, wheelchair basketball, sessions at the outdoor gym club or community sports days, whatever the activity, they all provide opportunities for communities to come together and undertake enjoyable leisure activities that can improve health and wellbeing. Applications will be expected to provide details on how the project began, the initiatives they have implemented, how the project has benefited the local community, and any plans for future development. Groups will be asked for evidence, personal stories and quotes from community participants to support their application.

2019 Sponsor: Fields in Trust

Fields in Trust logo

We know that many people begin their physical activity journey in local parks and green spaces. We are delighted to be partnering with Groundwork on this award to recognise the community projects which have inspired the most inactive communities to get physically active and use their local parks. Fields in Trust is committed to protecting these spaces for future generations to use and enjoy.

Angela Lewis, Head of Programmes, Fields in Trust

Shortlisted Projects 2019

Gympanzees (Winner)

Gympanzees was created in 2017 to provide fully inclusive leisure facilities for 0-25 year olds with disabilities and their families.

Disability Super League

The Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League gives people with learning disabilities and autism the opportunity to play an adapted version of Rugby League

Bexley Mencap

Bexley Mencap supports people with learning disabilities to lead an active and fulfilling life.