Our Sport and Health Programme, funded by Sport England, has been shortlisted for this year's London Homelessness Awards

The programme, which has been running for the past year and a half, has changed the lives of some of London’s most vulnerable people by engaging them in physical activity to improve their health.

Some 30 organisations entered the 2019 awards to win a share in the prize fund of £60,000 and it has been announced that ours is one of six shortlisted projects. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

The news follows the Project’s recent success at the London Sport Awards, when it saw off competition from 315 other nominations and went on to win the Physical Activity for Health Award.

Meanwhile, around 50 SHP clients are warming up for a Sports Day at Crystal Palace Park National Sports Centre this Friday 19 December.

Former British Paralympian and two-times gold medallist, Danny Crates, is joining the day’s activities.  He said: “Homelessness often means people have limited opportunities to engage with sport, and the problem is not going away. Sport transformed the way I see and live my life and I feel passionately about its ability to bring people together to overcome challenges. SHP’s work is ground-breaking and so incredibly vital, so I am very proud to support them.”

The two-year Sport and Health programme was funded thanks to Sport England’s Active Ageing Initiative. It has already demonstrated exciting results, showing major health gains among a section of the population that mainstream health and sports services have struggled to reach - including those with chronic physical conditions, substance use needs, mental health needs and histories of rough sleeping.