Single Homeless Project’s innovative Sport Project has won its third award in six months, recognising the incredible positive impact the programme has on the lives of people experiencing homelessness. 

The Sport Project won the Community Impact Award at the London Sport Awards for its work facilitating sports classes for homeless Londoners to support well-being, improve social confidence and help them on the road to recovery. 

The London Sport Awards recognises the unsung heroes of London who are improving lives through sport and physical activity. The awards praised those who not only improved access to physical activity to support Londoners physical health but also for their mental and social wellbeing too. 

Now in its sixth year, the Sport Project has helped over 800 people to get involved in activities such as boxing, football, yoga, and cycling across 11 boroughs, with a focus on removing barriers and improving social confidence. The project has also introduced women-only sessions and has helped over 30 organisations to understand the important role physical activity plays in improving quality of life and how to embed this as part of their services. 

Sam Sainsbury, Sport Manager, Single Homeless Project said: “We are so thrilled that our hard work, our clients’ trust in us and the success of our Sport Project has been recognised with this award. By taking part, our clients see benefits in all areas of their life, engaging more with their key workers, growing their skills, looking after their wellbeing and getting back into employment or education. Every year, we see how our clients turn their lives around, and we hope that more homeless organisations will see this award and decide to engage their own clients in physical health.”  

The Sport Project, which is funded by Sport England, the NFL Foundation, Transport for London and London Housing Foundation, has gained significant recognition for its success: 

  • In 2019 it was commended at the London Homelessness Awards and won The London Sport Award in the Physical Activity for Health category.  
  • In November 2022, Eloise Moller, Sport and Health Service Manager was named This Girl Can Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year at the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year awards for her work towards developing and delivering this project.  
  • In December 2022, Jordan Bedford, Sports Co-ordinator won the UK Coaching Award for Community Coach of The Year 2022. 

 Find out more about our Sport Project and get involved here.