Sport Organisation of the Year

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Sport Organisation of the Year

ECB

The summer of 2019 will live long in the memory for cricket lovers and fans of great sport in general.

Victory in the men’s World Cup for the first time in an impossibly dramatic final at Lord’s was followed weeks later by the heroic Ben Stokes-inspired Ashes Test win at Headingley.

These matchless moments were the highlights of a year of extraordinary activity and progress at the ECB, the governing body of cricket in England and Wales.

It featured the unveiling of an ambitious five-year strategy to grow the sport in 2020/24, the launch of an action plan to transform women’s and girls’ cricket and the unveiling of eight new teams in a bold new elite competition, The Hundred.

England now hold both the men’s and women’s World Cups. But more than that, 2019 was a year of achievement, execution and the building of a bright future for cricket.

Formula 1

Formula 1 is the world’s most popular international annual sporting series, with over 700 million global fans – more than the NFL, Premier League or MLB – and broadcast in nearly 200 countries around the world.

The FIA Formula One World Championship runs from March to December each year and currently spans 21 races in 21 countries across five continents, broadcast across 200 territories, with 10 teams competing for the FIA Formula One World Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships.

SailGP

SailGP is sailing, redefined. Established by Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts in 2018 and headquartered in London, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism.

After launching in October 2018, SailGP opened its season four months later in Sydney in February 2019. Six national teams representing Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States proceeded to events in San Francisco, New York, Cowes and finally, the SailGP Grand Final in Marseille, where Tom Slingsby’s Australian team was victorious, capturing the SailGP Championship trophy.

As SailGP celebrated its first anniversary, the overall impact was revealed, highlighted by a total global event audience of 1.8 billion across broadcast, social, press and in-venue audiences. In its inaugural season, it attracted more than 133,000 spectators, while making a significant contribution to the host cities, adding an economic impact of US$115 million.

Swim England

Swim England is the national governing body for swimming in England. We help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all our sports.

Our vision is of a nation swimming and we strive to inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them.

We want to create a society where everyone has the opportunity to learn how to swim; is supported to develop their skills; and enjoys the water throughout their lifetime.

The FA

The successful implementation of The Football Association’s four-year strategy has delivered a record-breaking year – and set a strong future platform.

On the pitch, the men’s senior team attained a 22-year high in its world ranking (4th). The women’s team reached their FIFA World Cup semi-final, watched by 11.7 million viewers.

Participation figures have risen across various adult age groups with c350,000 new participants since 2018.

Off the pitch, The FA has been praised for its stance on various issues, the highest profile being its robust reaction to the racism directed towards England players in Bulgaria.

There has also been a step-change in direct engagement between The FA and those who love the game, such as fans of the elite levels and those who play/run grassroots football.

And everything’s underpinned by The FA’s most profitable year in history, enabling a record amount to be reinvested in the game.

W Series

While other female sports are growing exponentially, motorsport is lagging behind the times. There are fewer women racing single-seater cars at higher levels now than 10 years ago, and it is 43 years since a female driver last started a Formula 1 race. Very few opportunities exist for women to gain the necessary experience and qualification to race in Formula 1, the traditional domain of the rich young man. W Series doesn’t expect drivers to bring a budget. All they need is talent. That, and the level playing field of equal equipment overseen with equal skill and precision, is what makes W Series a game changer.

W Series is a movement that drives real change
Our brand stands as a role model for equality in motorsport. And beyond