Badu Community claims monthly Mayor of London award

Badu Community CIC has become the sixth and final organisation to receive a monthly £250 award from ConnectSport’s ‘Stronger Communities through Sport’ initiative with the Mayor of London.

Over the last six months, organisations across London have been asked to upload a short video which demonstrates how and why they are using sport and/or physical activity to bring people together and encourage social integration. You can view the videos here.

Badu Community uses an holistic approach to develop, support and enable young people and their families in the community. It is a multi-dimensional-organisation that embodies education, community development and mentoring within a primarily focus of using sports as a vehicle to 'broaden, advance, develop and understand'.

Find out more about Badu Community CIC on its page on the free-to-join ConnectSport directory.

Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, described how the partnership with ConnectSport links into the Mayor’s ‘Sport Unites’ campaign.

She told ConnectSport: “We are interested at looking at using sport to tackle social isolation, to improve mental health, to create a healthier and more engaged city, but also to create some of those links and connections between people from very different backgrounds.

“We think that sport is a really good way of bringing people together, just by virtue of their love of sport – either as participants or as fans. It’s a great way for us to achieve some of the outcomes that we have set ourselves for tackling some of those big issues, like improving mental health, like helping to reduce levels of knife crime, like giving young people a sense of structure and a sense of purpose, and enabling them to learn skills which will help them become adults, and participate as adults in a city that is multi-cultural, diverse and vibrant.”