We are delighted to announce that Coping Through Football Project Coordinator Sonia Smith has been nominated for the Mind Wellbeing Award at the British Ethnic Diversity Sport Awards. The awards were established by Sporting Equals to celebrate sporting excellence within BAME communities and this year they have introduced a new category to recognise the contribution that either a project, programme or individual has made to improve people’s mental wellbeing through sport and physical activity.
Sonia has worked on the project for five years and the positivity, compassion and total commitment that she brings to the role has greatly contributed to its success. With 60% of participants coming from BAME communities Sonia is a superb role model and a real inspiration. She has shown great compassion and commitment in assisting individuals to achieve their personal goals. She is hugely respected by the service users who recognise that Sonia will always go that extra mile to help them.
LPFF CEO Alex Welsh said: “If anyone deserves to win this award it is Sonia Smith. Her compassion and generosity just shine through in everything she does and the way that she has helped others experiencing troubled times in their lives is a real inspiration. Given her humility and often self-deprecating approach she will probably be embarrassed by this nomination but the manner in which she has made a difference in so many people’s lives makes her such a worthy winner. She certainly gets my vote.”
The winner of the award is voted for by the public and we need your help to encourage people to vote. It is a simple process, just visit the following website, enter your name and email address and vote for Sonia Smith!
The closing date for votes is 5th March with the ceremony taking place on Saturday 18th March.