British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards 2017

The (BEDSA) to celebrate sporting excellence within BAME communities and help inspire the next generation. BEDSA is our flagship project which helps celebrate the contributions made by BAME communities and drive change in the sector creating role models and recognising the hard work, dedication and talent on and off the field of play.

The BEDSA Aims:

  • Increase BAME participation across sport at all levels (from playing fields to the Boardrooms)
  • Celebrate sporting excellence within BAME communities
  • Drive change in sector – more role models from more communities in more sports
  • Reward and showcases sporting achievement
  • Stimulate interest in sports and unearth talent
  • Inspire the next generation of 'Future Champions”

The third annual British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards took place on Saturday 18th March 2017 at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London. The ceremony was hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and attended by over 800 guests including, Moeen Ali, David Haye, Moe Sbihi, Derek Redmond, Leion Mckenzie, Christine Ohuruogu, Lutalo Muhammed, Isa Ghua, Paul Elliott, Chris Ramsey, Heather Knight, Jade Jones, Johnny Nelson, Jason Robinson, Devon Malcolm, Kabir Ali, Jason Gardener, Tessa Sanderson, Ruqsana Begu, Alice Tai and other partners.

The winners under each award category were;

Youth Sport Trust Young Sports Person    

Alice Tai – Para Swimming

The British Army Unsung Hero                                                

Inderpal Singh Cheema – London

England Athletics Coach of the Year

Chris Hughton – Football

UK Sport Inspirational Performance of the Year  

Ruqsana Begum – Muay Thai Kick Boxing

​Sport England Community Sports Project of the Year 

Spring Sports, Leisure and Recreation – Nottingham

Mind Wellbeing Award 

Sonia Smith – London

Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award 

Al Madina -  London

Sporting Equals Sportswoman of the Year

Kadenna Cox MBE – Para Cycling and Athletics

Lycamobile Sportsman of the Year

Sir Mo Farah – Athletics

The following category chosen by the judging panel:

·         Lifetime Achievement - Jason Robinson OBE

​The following categories chosen by the Award sponsor:

​​·         Football Association Special Recognition - Rashid Abba

​​·         Tennis Foundation Special Recognition - Shapla Sports

Further information is available throught the BEDSA