Saracens missed out on the ‘Sport Team of the Year’ accolade at the Beyond Sport Awards, in a global awards event held in Philadelphia this week. Beyond Sport is a global movement that champions, develops and supports the use of sport as a tool for positive change across the world.
Out of 350 organisations worldwide that entered this year’s awards, Saracens’ charity the Saracens Sport Foundation, was one of only four organisations shortlisted for the ‘Sport Team of the Year’ award alongside the San Francisco 49ers, Charlton Athletic Community Trust and Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jays Care, whose aims are to help children and youth in need to get active, excel academically and lead healthy lives, were the eventual winners of the award. As part of their outreach work, Jays Care have also helped to build safe youth spaces, including baseball fields, in under-resourced neighbourhoods across Canada.
Saracens’ Community Director Gordon (pictured right) was a guest at the Awards in Philadelphia this week, taking part in workshops and presentations delivered as part of the annual Beyond Sport Summit. Banks was left feeling motivated, despite not winning the prestigious award “The experience of being part of this summit, mixing with like minded people has been inspiring. The chance to hear from and talk to individuals and organisations who deliver programmes that truly do go beyond sport, gives us much to aspire to. It has been a great opportunity to champion what Saracens does, but there is clearly much more we can do in our community.”
“A huge congratulations to Jays Care, their work is clearly making a real difference to a number of young people across the country”
The Saracens Sport Foundation is a registered charity delivering sport for social change programmes, for more information visit us at http://www.saracens.com/foundation/