The annual Sports Technology Awards are a unique celebration of technology-led innovation across sport globally and recognised as an international mark of excellence. The Technology for Good award recognises initiatives in sport which develop or harness technology to address social change or a philanthropic cause.

Bristol Sort Foundation has been nominated alongside PT SportSuite for our work together on our mobile app and brand new web app, BSFTV. The mobile and web apps help families throughout Greater Bristol stay ‘Active. Healthy. Happy.’ by providing regular content such as adapted sport sessions, healthy cooking, weekend family fitness and skills-based sports delivery.

The nomination recognises the contribution made not only by BSF but also our contributors who include Bristol Bears Community Foundation, The Children’s Kitchen, Feeding Bristol and Square Food Foundation.

The judges, which included tech visionaries, sports business leaders and international athletes including, Alistair Brownlee, Darren Gough and Eoin Morgan; faced a challenging task with more than half the 19 categories resulting in a tie, often involving up to four entries vying for top place.

Rob Webber, Head of Operations at Bristol Sport Foundation, said: “First and most importantly, I want to say well done to the BSF & PT SportSuite staff and the content contributors who have worked so hard to deliver our digital transformation project. This recognition from a such a high-profile judging panel is huge credit to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved and I am so proud of what we have achieved over the last 10 months.

“Together we reacted to an urgent need in our communities, when the pandemic started and used the power of smart tech and data to bring our physical ‘Active. Healthy. Happy.’ content to life through our smart phone app and web app.

“The STA received applications from five continents, 30 countries and 50 different sports and we made it into the seven finalists!

“We are delighted and will celebrate this success, but this is only the start. Thanks to the continued support of Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport we can now move into the next phase of our mission and hopefully even more impact in the future.”

Rich Cheary, CEO of PT SportSuite, said: “We wanted to give sports organisations a complete digital platform offering that would drastically enhance their digital processes and capabilities. Bristol Sport was the perfect partner to for us as we share a similar mindset of doing things differently.”

Rebecca Hopkins, CEO of The STA Group, which owns the awards, explained: ‘Most years we see one or two categories needing casting votes to determine the overall winner – this year we had 10 categories which were tied. This is unprecedented but testament to the high standard of entries and the calibre of brands participating. Whilst the initial round of judging has been sufficient to determine the shortlist, we still don’t have all the winners agreed – it’s an amazing problem to have but as one of our judges put in some feedback to us ‘covid might have forced the industry’s hand to innovate, but the industry’s response has been magnificent’.

There was also more good news for the Bristol Sport Group, with Bristol Sport also making the shortlist in the Sports Technology Partnership of the Year award.

Winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on 6th May 2021.