Star-studded judging panel announced for Girls Active and YST Young Activist Awards 2020

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Becky Adlington has been announced as a judge for the 2020 Girls Active and YST Young Activist Awards, along with an all-star panel including Paralympic cyclist Kadeena Cox, Paralympic wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson and professional skater Jenna Downing among others.

This year for the first time, the 2020 Girls Active Awards are merging with the Youth Sport Trust Young Activist Awards to mark the 25th anniversary of the organisation. On the evening of 3rd November, nominees, teachers, judges, and members of the sports sector will gather remotely to celebrate the amazing work that so many young people do through sport.

The Girls Active Awards is a national award recognising the impact girls are having in shaping their PE curriculums and school sport to boost participation among fellow students. To date, over 800 primary and secondary schools have been involved in the programme across the UK since its launch in 2015.

Despite the challenging circumstances that schools have been dealing with this year post-COVID, a wealth of fantastic nominations were received for the Girls Active Awards 2020, across the categories of Leader, Future Leader, Influencer, Personal Growth and GLAMs (group award).

The shortlist has now been announced and an expert judging panel, featuring professional sportswomen and individuals from a range of organisations including These Girls Can Run, Girls United FA and CNN, are currently choosing their winners in what is anticipated to be a very close-call selection!

Speaking of her excitement to be involved in this year’s ceremony, Jenna Downing said:

I am so proud to be on the judging panel again for this year's Girls Active Awards and to have the opportunity to judge the ‘Future Leader’ category. I was blown away by the quality of this year's nominations, it is clear that all the Girls Active leaders are doing some incredible work to inspire their peers to be active within school, and will no doubt go on to be incredible leaders in the future. I am looking forward to being part of the virtual awards on the 3rd November, it will be a fantastic celebration!

QPR Academy Coach Manisha Tailor agreed, saying, “Empowering young women and girls to be active in a way that is meaningful to them is an important part of engagement, participation and self-growth beyond the sport or activity. It is an honour to be part of an initiative that really focuses on encouraging girls to become more active, helping with their overall wellbeing.”

The virtual Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 3rd November at 3:30pm.