Birmingham sports team up for the double

Birmingham News

Birmingham News

Birmingham City Council’s Sport and Healthy Lifestyles team has been shortlisted for not one but two top awards in the prestigious 2014 LGC Awards.

The team behind the multi-award winning Be Active physical activity programme is in the frame for two accolades at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on 12 March 2014.

Ping Birmingham is up for a Community Involvement award. The mass participation event saw 109,000 people playing table tennis for free on 64 tables located in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations across the city.

The Sport and Healthy Lifestyles team is also a finalist in the Team of the Year category.

The team delivers sport and physical activity to all Birmingham citizens, attracting funding for innovative new projects to increase participation, including:

  • The Be Active Programme provides residents with free gym access, swimming classes and a range of activities at local leisure centres/community venues/schools. 390,000 people participate in Be Active with 60% coming from the most deprived quintiles
  • Active Parks Programme provides ‘leisure centres without walls’- giving people the chance to take part in both structured and unstructured activities within Birmingham parks. Activities vary from bushcraft to Zumba, Buggyfit to Tai Chi, conservation and clearance to Parkfit. It promotes physical and mental wellbeing and involves families and those not currently exercising indoors
  • Ping! Brum Table Tennis festival provides a 6 week focussed programme of free activity and coaching, as well as year round free access across Birmingham to permanent tables for play in parks and community venues
  • Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, said: “This is richly deserved recognition for a team that works tirelessly to increase participation in sport and physical activity in communities throughout Birmingham.

“Be Active goes from strength to strength and the Active Parks initiative trialled last year built on that success. Ping Birmingham was another huge success and was enjoyed by over 100,000 people.”

A record breaking 640 entries were submitted for this year’s LGC Awards, which demonstrates local government’s enthusiasm to share innovation and reward their teams and individuals who make change happen. There are over 80 organisations in the final, which means that there is fierce competition for the coveted award.

With budgets at the forefront of priorities, it is even more important this year to highlight the organisations who demonstrate best practice and to shine a spotlight on their achievements.

Emma Maier, Editor of LGC said: “Congratulations to all shortlisted organisations. Local government has lots to shout about, and these awards are part of that. Each of you should feel proud to be among our finalists.”

Winners will be announced on 12 March 2013 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Over 600 of the industry elite will join together for a night of recognition, rewarding and networking.

The full list of finalists can be found at