The great and good of the sport industry reunited in London to celebrate the 20th edition of the Sport Industry Awards, marking the first major event that brought the entire sector together since COVID-19 and among the big winners at the star-studded ceremony – hosted by Laura Woods and Mark Durden-Smith - were Marcus Rashford MBE and Barry Hearn OBE.
England and Manchester United forward Rashford was named recipient of the prestigious Integrity and Impact Award in association with Dow Jones Risk & Compliance; honoured for the remarkable work he has done – both on and off the pitch – in fighting for those less fortunate, less represented, and less heard in our society.
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Meanwhile, the Coutts Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Barry Hearn OBE by his son Eddie, celebrating a 40-year career as Chairman of Matchroom Sport.
Starting with snooker tournaments in Romford, Hearn has built Matchroom Sport in to one of the world’s leading sports promoters, in boxing, darts, gymnastics, snooker and pool, and the room stood to mark his achievements.
Other notable winners on the night included Sky Sports, who claimed Media Organisation of the Year, for their work in both broadcasting and driving social change through sport. Accepting the Award was Cricket World Cup Winner Ebony Rainford-Brent, who took a leading role alongside former West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding in Sky Sports’ pivotal piece on racism in sport.
Sport Organisation of the Year in association with AXA XL went to Sport England for the vital work the organisation did in supporting the entire sport sector throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while Ear to the Ground were named Agency of the Year for the first time.
The Active & Wellbeing Award went to the FA for the Heads Up Campaign, which encourages men to talk about their mental health, while Campaign of the Year in association with YouGov Sport went to the 2.6 Challenge - a campaign setup to save the UK's charities during the pandemic.
The Creative Content Award in association with Shutterstock went to the ECB for the beautiful The Wait video, while the Tessa Jowell Community Award in association with abrdn was handed to Harder Than You Think for their pioneering Netflix documentary Rising Phoenix.
The Sport Industry Awards 2022 will be held on Thursday 12th May 2022.
The great and the good of the UK sport industry didn’t get together under one roof for the Sport Industry Awards this year, but instead 18 famous faces from across the world of sport united to help celebrate the sector, as the winners of the Sport Industry Awards 2020 were revealed online for the first time ever.
While the past six months have brought unprecedented challenges for the sport industry, the Sport Industry Awards 2020 celebrated some of the incredible work that was done throughout 2019, with three England national team captains, Harry Kane, Steph Houghton and Joe Root, international stars Siya Kolisi and Eliud Kipchoge, and favourite national heroes including Dina Asher-Smith, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Maro Itoje – to name a few – helping reveal each one.
The winners of the inaugural Deal of the Year were the IOC and Airbnb, as Airbnb became a Worldwide Olympic Partner, while the recipient of The Integrity and Impact Award founded by Dow Jones Sports Intelligence was revealed to be Megan Rapinoe.