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The big and the good of the sports industry have gathered in London to celebrate the 20th edition of the Sport Industry Awards, marking the first major event that has brought the whole industry together since COVID-19 and among the big winners of the star-studded ceremony – hosted by Laura Woods and Mark Durden-Smith – were Marcus Rashford MBE and Barry hearn obe.

England and Manchester United striker Rashford received the prestigious Integrity and Impact Award in association with Dow Jones Risk & Compliance; honored for the remarkable work he has done – on and off the pitch – fighting for the less fortunate, the less represented and the least 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 President of Matchroom Sport.

Starting with the snooker tournaments in Romford, Hearn made Matchroom Sport one of the world’s leading sports promoters, in boxing, darts, gymnastics, snooker and billiards, and the venue was there to mark his accomplishments.

Other notable winners of the evening included Sky Sports, which took home the award for Media Organization of the Year, for its work both in disseminating and driving social change through sport. Cricket World Cup winner Ebony Rainford-Brent accepted the award, who played a starring role alongside former West Indian fast pitcher Michael Holding in Sky Sports’ pivotal article on racism in the sport.

The Sports Organization of the Year in association with AXA XL went to Sport England for the vital work the organization has done in supporting the entire sports industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while Ear to the Ground was 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 the campaign of the year in association with YouGov Sport went to the 2.6 Challenge – an organized campaign to save UK charities during the pandemic.

The Creative Content Award in association with Shutterstock went to the ECB for the beautiful video The Wait, while the Tessa Jowell Community Award in association with abrdn went to Harder Than You Think for their pioneering documentary Netflix Rising Phoenix.

The Sport Industry Awards 2022 will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2022.


Sports Industry Awards 2020

The great and the good of the British sports industry does not have gathered under one roof for this year’s Sport Industry Awards, but instead 18 famous faces from the sports world have come together to help celebrate the industry, as the winners of the 2020 Sport Industry Awards have been revealed online for the first time.

While the past six months have brought unprecedented challenges to the sports industry, the Sport Industry Awards 2020 celebrated some of the incredible work that has been accomplished throughout 2019, with three captains from the National Team of England, Harry Kane, Steph Houghton and Joe Root, international stars Siya Kolisi and Eliud Kipchoge, and favorite national heroes including Dina Asher-Smith, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Maro Itoje – to name a few – help reveal each of them.

The winners of the first deal of the year were the IOC and Airbnb, with Airbnb having become a global Olympic partner, while the recipient of the Integrity and Impact award founded by Dow Jones Sports Intelligence turned out to be Megan Rapinoe.