We are thrilled that our Community Foundation has been nominated for the Enhancing the Workforce Award in association with Chipotle.
The London Sport Awards are back for 2023, celebrating unsung heroes who are helping Londoners lead healthier, happier, and more active lives. We are thrilled that our Community Foundation has been nominated for the Enhancing the Workforce Award in association with Chipotle.
Our Community Foundation is a Sport Leadership & Workforce Development Programme run by Ashley Marshalleck at the Students’ Union. The programme is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and since 2013 has provided a platform for students to make a positive difference in the local community of Tower Hamlets, gain experience and increase employability.
Ashley, who was London Sport’s Chipotle Community Champion last October, says "Having the Community Foundation shortlisted for this award is amazing! The pandemic had a huge impact on the work that we do. With restrictions limiting our community outreach, we saw the need to adapt and have a greater focus on developing our workforce during this challenging period. As a result, this past year has seen our largest number of students benefitting from training and sport qualifications.”
The awards, which are held in London in March, had a record 350 nominations received this year, with the finalists chosen by a panel of expert judges including representatives from Sport England, London Marathon, Greater London Authority, and previous winners of the London Sport Awards. The Community Foundation is no stranger to success. It was shortlisted for a London Sport Award in both 2015 and 2020 as well as being nominated for a Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community and twice for the BUCS: Workforce Programme of the Year Award.
Ashley says “We were finalists for the same award in 2020 and I hope that we can go one better this year, as this recognition would help to demonstrate the fantastic service of our student workforce within the community. The award is in association with Chipotle who also work with London Sport to identify Community Champions each month. I was thrilled to be selected as the Community Champion for October and shortly after this, we received the news about the Community Foundation being shortlisted. Winning this award would be the perfect way to celebrate the 10th year of our programme.
Several outstanding organisations have won this award previously and this year we are up against two wonderful finalists who operate across the capital. There are so many unsung heroes who are using the power of sport to change lives. Being recognised as one of them is an honour.
I'm looking forward to the ceremony at Guildhall in March and wish the best of luck to all nominees"
You can find out more about the Community Foundation and how to be a part of it here.