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Grassroots stars given chance to shine at national Alliance awards

May 23, 2022

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The Sport & Recreation Alliance welcomed leaders and innovators in grassroots sport for the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2022. The awards evening celebrated impactful grassroots sports from across the country.

Held in the Coventry Building Society Arena, 125 guests were in attendance and there were 8 awards presented in total. The awards were hosted by Sport and Recreation Alliance President, HRH The Earl of Wessex and Alliance Chair, Andrew Moss, and Olympic medallist Katherine Merry.

Alongside representation from the Alliance, Katherine Merry spoke about her journey into sport and congratulated all 24 finalists for their work over the past year.

Winners included:

  • Billingham Boxing Academy won the Community Club of the Year Award. Their inclusive programmes in Boxing targeted SEND participants and those with Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Mary Tweed of Nordic Walking East Anglica won the Inspiration of the Year Award. Her podcast, Walking on Air, and communications platform provided clients and instructors with consistent support during the pandemic.
  • Newcastle United Foundation won the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award. The charitable arm of Newcastle FC launched the Be A Game Changer programme designed to offer mental health support to males at risk of serious mental distress.


To find out more about those who received awards and the work they have done, see here.

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