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The annual awards from the Sport and Recreation Alliance are designed to highlight the breadth of work that is undertaken in the community sport and recreation sector. The awards are now in their 23rd year and offer the opportunity for exceptional clubs to be recognised for the excellent work they do.

The awards, formerly the Sports Club of the Year Awards, changed their name to reflect the wide variety of members’ activities, and include new categories to recognise the breadth of work that is carried out by the sport and recreation sector as a whole.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK and represents more than 320 members – organisations such as The FA, the Rugby Football Union, UK Athletics, the Ramblers, British Rowing and the Royal Academy of Dance.

This year, awards and prize money will be presented for the following categories:

  • Community Sport and Recreation Overall Winner
  • Professional Club Community Programme of the Year Award
  • Innovative Project Award
  • Youth Volunteering
  • Social Impact

All types of sport and recreation organisations are eligible to enter; however, the entry must be endorsed by the club’s national governing body, head office, or a county sports partnership.

The 2015 Awards went to seven organisations:

  • Community Sport and Recreation Overall Winner – SPICE
  • School Links Award – Bolton Rugby Union FC
  • Volunteer Management Award sponsored by GB Group – ESSA Water Activities Centre
  • Professional Club Community Programme of the Year Award sponsored by The Professional Footballers’ Association (The PFA) – Club Doncaster Community Sport and Education Foundation
  • Green Thinking Award sponsored by Utility Aid – Westmorland Wildfowlers Association
  • Innovative Project Award – Severnside Sub Aqua Club
  • Youth Volunteering Award – Cricket4Bromley

The 2016 Awards will open to nominations on 4 April 2016.

Further information is available on the Sport and Recreation Alliance website

Source: Sport and Recreation Alliance, 24/03/2016

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