Beyond Sport Awards 2015 winners announced
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The work of the world’s sport for social change organisations was celebrated last night as the winners of the Beyond Sport Awards 2015, supported by Comic Relief, were revealed in London.

The Awards presentation kicked off with the Leadership in Sport Award, which was presented to Matthew Spacie for his work with Magic Bus which uses sport-based activities to transform underprivileged children's lives.

A Ganar, a youth workforce development programme from the Dominican Republic designed to help break the cycle of poverty, was awarded with The Barclays Sport for Employability Award.

Corporate of the Year was awarded to New Balance for their support of GoodGym; the rapidly growing movement of runners doing hands-on good for their local communities.

Moving the Goalposts Kilifi deservedly picked up the UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport Award for the important work they achieve using football to support, empower and educate girls and young women.

Waves for Change picked up the Sport for Health Award for their work using surfing as a form of therapy for children in violent communities.

The Fijian Volleyball Federation took home the Sport Federation Governing Body of the Year.

Breaking the Silence Using Football won the Sport for Social Inclusion Award for their work in this challenging field.

UNICEF Kid Power were awarded the Innovation Through Sport Award.

Fight for Peace received the Sport for Conflict Resolution Award for their amazing work using boxing to support people affected by crime and violence.

Green Sports Alliance were recipients of the Sport for Environment Award for their commitment in driving environmentally preferable practices within sport.

Celebrating an organisation that has shown great bravery in the face of adversity using sport as a platform, the Courageous use of Sport Award was presented to Seren Fryatt, the executive director of L.A.C.E.S.; an organisation that used sport to educate and raise awareness amongst at-risk youths during the ebola crisis in Liberia. Fryatt dedicated the award to her staff who had the courage to fight the outbreak using football.

Hijabs and Hat-tricks, Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) received the Best New Project for their work using football as a platform to ease the path for girls of Muslim faith into Irish society.

The Sport for Education Award was presented to Figure Skating in Harlem who combine educational support and leadership training alongside the sport of figure skating to girls in Harlem facing generational poverty.

San Francisco 49ers won Sport Team of the Year for the direct impact they have on the lives of thousands of children annually through their weekly hands-on community service programmes.

The Humanitarian in Sport Award was presented to the Bundesliga for their unprecedented work opening their club stadiums to refugees and migrants in need.

Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: “Tonight’s shortlist and winners demonstrate that sport can contribute to solving many of society’s issues. With the support and true collaboration from the corporate sector we can work together and change lives and communities to an astonishing level – I am very excited and proud to be a part of it.”

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