Nominations Open for Sporting Equals Awards 2024: To Celebrate Race Equality in Sport and Physical Activity


The 2024 Sporting Equals Awards are set for Saturday 5 October at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Read on for full details.

The UK wide charity’s annual award ceremony celebrates inspirational figures who are supporting diversity and inclusivity within sport.

In an Olympic and Paralympic year, former Sporing Equals Awards winner and Olympic Champion Christine Ohuruogu MBE and current Team GB athlete Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker endorse the importance of the awards to encourage progress in the sector.

8th July – Sporting Equals, an independent body that champions race equity across sport, have today launched the 2024 Sporting Equals Awards to celebrate the contributions made by ethnically diverse people and communities in sport and physical activity.

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Sporting Equals Awards which take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on Saturday 5th October hosted by comedian and TV personality Judi Love. The awards put a focus on both the elite and grassroots sport – celebrating achievements and profiling ethnically diverse role models. The awards also put the spotlight on the challenges that are still faced across the sport sector and the action required.

In 2024, winners will be crowned in 11 categories, ranging from Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year to The FA Community Champion of the Year. New for this year is the Mind Mental Health Award, which aims to address the inequality in access to sport and physical activity and how that impacts mental health. Research by Mind has shown that exercise can reduce the risk of depression by as much of 30%. Only 55% of ethnically diverse people are likely to be physically active, compared to 62% of white people.

Last year former England and Arsenal footballer Sol Campbell won the Sporting Equals Lifetime Achievement Award for his services as a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion in football. Previous winners of the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award include seven-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE (2016), former Team GB heptathlete, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill (2016), Paralympian and Kadeena Cox OBE (2017).

The awards will be delivered in collaboration with Sport England to support the ‘Uniting the Movement’ strategy, which aims to tackle racism and improve race quality within sport. Key governing bodies and organisations in the industry including England Athletics, The FA, Mind, Swim England, The LTA Tennis Foundation and Youth Sport Trust will also support the awards.

Arun Kang OBE, Chief Executive of Sporting Equals said: “We are really excited to deliver the 8th edition of the Awards in partnership with Sport England who empathise with the importance of these Awards, to acknowledge the contribution made by ethnically diverse communities in sport and to inspire the next generation. “The Sporting Equals Awards are a chance to celebrate the effect that ethnically diverse people and communities have on the sport and physical activity sector. The awards also provide the opportunity to reflect on the changes that still need to be made.

“I encourage those who are impacted by ethnically diverse community heroes to get nominating. Recognising their achievements will help inspire and increase more diverse volunteers, coaches, elite athletes and sports administrators.”

Viveen Taylor, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Sport England, said: “Sport belongs to everyone but is not yet an equal or welcome space for all. Tackling inequalities is at the heart of Uniting the Movement and until everyone feels able to take part in the sport and activity they want – without fear of prejudice or judgement – our work continues. We’re proud to be a partner of the Sporting Equals Awards; it’s a chance to celebrate and showcase progress from across the country with race equalityand spotlight the work that still needs to be done.”

Emmanuel Oyinbo-Coker, 2022 Commonwealth Games gold winner and Paralympic athlete added: “The Sporting Equals awards is all about recognising the hard work athletes, coaches and volunteers have put in over the course of the last year. It is a night to celebrate with friends and families while also been able to network with others. When there are hundreds of inspiring individuals in a building, it creates a standard for everyone to want to achieve. We will be highlighting the significance of sport within our communities because we all have part to play!”

The full list of awards for 2024 includes:

  • Sportswoman of the Year
  • Sportsman of the Year
  • Rising Star of the Year
  • Youth Sport Trust Young Sportsperson of the Year
  • England Athletics Coach of the Year
  • Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year
  • LTA Tennis Foundation Community Tennis Award
  • Swim England Award
  • The FA Community Champion of the Year
  • Mind Wellbeing Award
  • Sports Organisation of the Year Award
  • Gamechanger of the Year Award
  • Sporting Equals Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now open until the 8th September. For more information about the Sporting Equals Awards, including how to nominate please visit: Sporting Equals (


Notes to editors
Sporting Equals promotes race equality across sport and physical activity. It is a fully independent body and a national partner of Sport England and Sport Scotland. Headline projects delivered by Sporting Equals include the Race Representation Index, the Race Discrimination Support Service and the Sporting Equals Awards. Sporting Equals five targeted outcomes are: Increasing Participation, Identifying and Showcasing Talent, Diversifying Sport Sector, Improving Health & Lifestyles and Building Cohesive Communities.
Sporting Equals Awards were founded in 2015 and formerly known as the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards. The awards exist to celebrate the achievements of race equity in sports, acknowledge the contributions made by ethnically diverse communities, and to inspire the next generation.
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