UK Athletics will be hosting a unique exhibition in October in celebration of Black History Month. Led by former athlete and now UK Athletics' Vice President Donna Fraser, the black and white photographic exhibition recognises the contribution of past and present Black and Asian athletics coaches, and focuses on the long-term goal of continuing to inspire the next generation to get into athletics for years to come.
An athletics club volunteer, a seated thrower, and a coach have all been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The BEM (British Empire Medal) was awarded to Ros Cramp for services to Disability Sport and to Ron Allison for services to Athletics. Paralympian Claire Harvey receives an MBE for services to Diversity, Inclusion and Sport. In addition, Sport England's CEO Jennie Price was recognised for her work.
Ashford Leisure Trust has been nationally recognised for its work with disabled people by winning the 2017 SPORTA award for Championing Diversity. SPORTA runs a yearly awards ceremony to promote the unique and distinctive nature of leisure and culture trusts and the important contribution they make to the improvement in health and wellbeing in local communities around the UK.
The Hawkinge Hurricanes, a road running club and Run Together Group in Kent have recently been awarded Clubmark status. They have only been established 13 months and already boast 84 members ranging from novice to elite, one coach, five qualified run leaders, a welfare officer and a mental health ambassador.
Sir Mo Farah and Kadeena Cox were the big winners at this year's Lycamobile BEDSAs, staged at the Hilton Park Lane, London recently and part-sponsored by England Athletics. They were named Lycamobile Sportsman and Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year at a glittering awards show hosted by Sir Lenny Henry.
Bexley Mencap's innovative RunTogether keep fit scheme for people with learning disabilities has been selected by Tesco as one of their 3 good causes for Superstores in Bexley during Feb 2017.
#runandtalk took Leicestershire Northamptonshire by storm last week with over 10 #runandtalk events taking place across the counties. Whether you prefer to walk and whinge, jog and joke or run and rant - there were groups bringing people together, getting people talking and catering for all levels.
England Athletics sends Season's Greetings to everyone we have worked with in 2016.
Over three years, 6,000 people have enjoyed the benefits of the Sainsbury's Inclusive Community Training and, as a result, more disabled people are leading active lives. To celebrate the success, the English Federation of Disabiloty Sport are calling on the nation to raise awareness during Sainsbury's Inclusive Community Training Awareness Week.
Fareham Crusaders invited all their members to take part in a social run to support World Mental Health Day. The club has two England Athletics Mental Health Ambassadors who worked with the club secretary to plan the evening. An evening which was later described as "the most important evening in the history of the club."