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By Faye Hackwell

Her Game Too are honoured to have been nominated for a National Diversity Award.

We have been shortlisted in the Community Organisation Award for Gender category,

alongside charities, campaigners and activists from across the country who work to combat

injustice and discrimination in different ways.

More than 90,000 people and organisations were nominated for awards and 120 have been

shortlisted ahead of the ceremony at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on September 15, which

will be hosted by broadcaster Clare Balding CBE.

Emily Drakeley, Co-Founder and Director of Her Game Too, said: “We are extremely proud to have been shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award for Gender at the National Diversity Awards. Making sport a safe space for all, regardless of gender, background or ability is one of our key objectives. By using our first hand experiences and passion for sport, we are driven to making stadiums a more inclusive environment and are working hard to open more doors for those who want to participate at grassroots level. We are honoured by this shortlisting, so thank you to all who has voted for us so far!”

Activist and presenter Katie Piper, Emmerdale actor Ash Palmisciano and Paralympic gold

medal-winning athlete Danny Crates were part of the judging panel who helped to choose

this year’s shortlist.

The other finalists in the Community Organisation Award for Gender category are Women in

Academia Support Network, Leeds Dads, Va Va Womb, Listen Uplist Vent, The Lucy Rayner

Foundation, Boys in Mind and Dope Black Women digital network and podcast.

The National Diversity Awards nomination follows Her Game Too being highly commended

behind winner Ian Wright in the Women’s Football Champion of the Year category at the

2023 Women’s Football Awards and winning the Football Inclusion Award in the recent Non-

League Bible Awards.

Paul Sesay, CEO of Inclusive Companies and founder of the National Diversity Awards,

said: “Once again, I’m humbled by the sheer number of nominations we have received for

individuals, groups and organisations showing outstanding commitment to enhancing

equality, diversity and inclusion.

“These awards aim to celebrate the unsung heroes who are changing perceptions and lives

through their dedication and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“Furthermore, they seek to inspire the next generation of diversity champions to be brave,

stand up and make a difference to their communities.”

To see a full list of nominees, visit or click the button below.


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