British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards 2017

The (BEDSA) to celebrate sporting excellence within BAME communities and help inspire the next generation. BEDSA is our flagship project which helps celebrate the contributions made by BAME communities and drive change in the sector creating role models and recognising the hard work, dedication and talent on and off the field of play.

The BEDSA Aims:

  • Increase BAME participation across sport at all levels (from playing fields to the Boardrooms)
  • Celebrate sporting excellence within BAME communities
  • Drive change in sector – more role models from more communities in more sports
  • Reward and showcases sporting achievement
  • Stimulate interest in sports and unearth talent
  • Inspire the next generation of 'Future Champions”

The third annual British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards will take place on Saturday 18th March 2017at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and will be attended by over 800 guests. Awards will be handed out to the winners by celebrities. BEDSA Ambassadors include Denise Lewis, Christine Ohuruogu, Chris Ramsey, Moeen Ali, Mark Ramprakash and BEDSA have been supported by Lewis Hamilton, Frank Bruno, James Degale. Kriss Akabusi.

Don't miss out on showing your support to the BEDSA finalists 2017 and get voting. Votes can be made online at or call the numbers below to vote your winner.

Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Please ask the bill payers permission.


Youth Sport Trust Young Sports Person: 0871 244 0941    

Alice Tai – Para Swimming

Harleen Kaur – WMKF Kick Boxing

Haseeb Hameed – Cricket


The British Army Unsung Hero: 0871 244 0942                                                 

Ezdihar Abdulmula – Bradford

Inderpal Singh Cheema – London

Kwesi Edubatey – Luton


England Athletics Coach of the Year: 0871 244 0943    

Chris Hughton – Football

Ottis Gibson – Cricket

Sunil Birdy – Boccia


UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year: 0871 244 0944    

Azeem Rafiq – Cricket

Kadeena Cox MBE – Para Cycling and Athletics

Ruqsana Begum – Muay Thai Kick Boxing


​Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year: 0871 2440945 

Leicestershire CCC Community Engagement – Leicester

Sport 4 Life – Birmingham

Spring Sports, Leisure and Recreation – Nottingham


Mind Wellbeing Award: 0871 244 0946    

Jewel Miah MBE – Oldham

Manisha Tailor MBE – London

Sonia Smith – London


Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award: 0871 244 0947    

Al Madina -  London

Indian Gymkhana + Stanmore Jafferys Football Academy – London

Interfaith Games – Regional


Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year: 0871 244 0948    

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill – Heptathlon

Kadenna Cox MBE – Para Cycling and Athletics

Nicola Adams OBE – Boxing

Sam Quek MBE – Hockey


Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year: 0871 244 0949    

Lutalo Muhammad – Taekwando

Maro Itoje – Rugby Union

Mohamed Sbihi MBE – Rowing

Sir Mo Farah – Athletics

The following category will be voted on by the judges and the headline sponsor:

·         Lifetime Achievement

​The following category will be voted on by the Award sponsor:

​​·         Tennis Foundation Special Recognition

PUBLIC VOTING can also been done through the BEDSA webpage,