British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards 2018

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 fourth annual British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards took place on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel,, London  hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and attended by over 800 guests and celebrities  including; Maro Itoje, Sarah Jane Crawford, Ainsley Harriott, Marcus Smith, the Downie Sisters, Denise Lewis and key infloeuncers including Mathew Ryder, Deputy Mayor of London, Hardip Begol Director of Integration at DCLG, Jennie Price CEO Sport England and Phil Smith Director of Sport at Sport England.

Congratulations to the Award Winners;


Youth Sport Trust Young Sportsperson of the Year -  Marcus Smith

The British Army Unsung Hero Award  - Tarsem Singh Cheema

England Athletics Coach of the Year -  Christian Malcolm

UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year  - Kadeena Cox 

Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year -  Singh Sabha Slough

Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award -  Manchester Womens Sports Programmes

Tennis Foundation Serves Community Tennis Project -  Sikh Welfare Awareness Team

England Wales Cricket Board Special Recognition Award  - Essex Cricket in the Community    

The Royal Navy Sports Woman of the Year Award -  Ellie Downie

Sporting Equals Sportsman of the Year Award -  Maro Itoje

RFU Special Recognition Award -  Harborne RFC and Joseph Chamberlain College

Jaguar Lifetime Achievement Award -  Permi Jhooti

FA Special Recognition Award -  Cyrille Regis

Ellie Downie was named Royal Navy Sports Woman of the Year after becoming the all-around European gymnastics champion and the first gymnast to win a major all-around title for Great Britain in 2017.  In a big night for women in sport, the Manchester Womens Sport Programme won the Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities award, with Permi Jhooti receiving the Jaguar Lifetime Achievement Award and Kadeena Cox winning Inspirational Performance.

A special Football Association Recognition tribute was made to the late Cyrille Regis by former West Bromwich Albion teammate and former Deputy Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers Association Brendan Batson OBE. 

The Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year award went to the Singh Sabha Slough Sports, with The Tennis Foundation Serves Community Tennis Project going to the Sikh Welfare Awareness Youth team. The England and Wales Cricket Board Special Recognition award was presented to “Essex Cricket in the Community”.

A tribute was also made to Di Ellis, Sporting Equals Trustee.

The event was covered by Sky Sports, BBC Sports, LycaRadio, Getty, Akaal Channel, Brit Asia, The Voice, Desi Blitz.

Red Carpet Photographers and press included: Getty (Dave Bennett), BBC, London Live, Voice, London Live, Rex, The Sun and some other freelance photographers.               

Further information is available throught the BEDSA http://bedsa.co.uk/