Sporting Memories Foundation is one of six projects to have been shortlisted for the ‘Sport for Social Change’ category at the prestigious 2019 Sports Journalists' Association British Sports Awards, which take place later this month at the Tower of London.

The award, created in conjunction with ConnectSport and the Sport for Development Coalition and supported by Oaks, aims to highlight the amazing work of organisations across the UK that are using sport and/or physical activity to create a positive impact on local communities and individuals in need.

A panel of judges, including representatives from the BBC, Sky Sports and The Guardian, selected six projects based on criteria which included impact, reach, sustainability and innovation. 

The SJA British Sports Awards has a history dating back to 1949, regularly involving some of the biggest names in British sport.

Past winners of the SJA Sports Awards have included F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, Olympic gold medal heptathlete Jessica Ennis, Wimbledon champion and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray, cycling giant Chris Hoy, swimming great Rebecca Adlington, 20-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and record-breaking runner Paula Radcliffe. In 2018 the Sportsman of the Year was Geraint Thomas, Sportswoman was Dina Asher-Smith and the women’s netball Commonwealth Games champions were Team of the Year.

On hearing of The Sporting Memories Foundation's shortlisting, Susie Brindley, Chief Operating Officer said: "To be shortlisted alongside so many inspiring organisations is testament to the drive and dedication of the whole team involved in supporting and delivering Sporting Memories clubs up and down the country. It's exciting to be involved in an event that will be attended by some of Britain's elite sportsmen and sportswomen. Hopefully this will help to raise the profile of our work further and inspire more sports fans to get involved in The Sporting Memories Foundation in our quest to tackle Dementia, Depression and Loneliness through the power of sports reminiscence."