The winners of the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards 2020 in partnership with Central England Co-operative were announced on Thursday 3rd December during an online ceremony.

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The focus of the event for this year was on 'lockdown heroes' who have gone above and beyond, showing compassion, generosity and creativity within the sport and physical activity community.

This year’s awards were held virtually and the event was live-streamed on the Living Sport Facebook page. The judges commended the very high quality of entrants, finalists and winners.

The event was hosted by former Olympic gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing winner, Louis Smith, himself a former Living Sport award winner.

Over 7,000 votes were cast in the public vote and combined with the assessment of the judging panel the winners were selected. They are:

Coach of the Year Award – sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University
Chloe Smith, Willingham Wolves Football Club

Community Club of the Year (Amateur) Award – sponsored by Lifeplus
Cottenham United Colts Football Club

Community Volunteer of the Year Award – sponsored by Bidwells
Edwin Fey, March Bears Rugby Club

Jonnie Peacock Award – sponsored by Azets
Gemma Stevenson, Wheelchair Tennis and Adaptive Abilities Cheerleading

Matthew Warn Power of Sport Award
Cambridge United Community Trust

Services to Sport Award
Ian Darler, Cambridge United Football Club

Workplace of the Year Award – sponsored by Everyone Health
East Anglian Air Ambulance

Young Community Volunteer of the Year Award – sponsored by Nene Park Trust
Lenni Lewis, Peterborough Rugby Club

As a charity, Living Sport aims to improve the health, happiness, and wellbeing of the people of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire by inspiring them to get active.

Chief Executive, Simon Fairhall, said: “Congratulations to our winners, all those nominated and everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure sport is enjoyed by so many across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire this year.“

It has been particularly tough for local sport in recent months with lockdown and restrictions in place, but we were determined to still honour our sporting stars, clubs, coaches and lockdown and community heroes.“

I want to thank everyone involved for all their support with these awards as I know it took a lot of work to organise in this new format. Looking ahead to 2021, we hope to see a brighter year for all where we can start to get together in a more social environment and continue to support and celebrate those individuals and organisations going that extra mile to help others get active and healthy.”

Louis Smith added: “It was an honour to be part of the Living Sport Virtual Sports Awards and a real inspiration to learn about the efforts of those across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who have given their all to help others in a year like no other. There was a range of excellent finalists and a group of worthy winners.”

The judging panel consisted of former Paralympic Games athlete Dr Dan Gordon; Education Consultant Carol Gronow; Sports journalist and presenter Steve Jackson and Living Sport Relationship Manager Rebecca Evans.

The event sponsors were headline sponsor Central England Co-operative, with Anglia Ruskin University, Lifeplus, Azets, Bidwells, Everyone Health and Nene Park Trust as category sponsors. Other supporters included RBR Active, Ladbrook Insurance and the Federation of Small Businesses.