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Groundwork presents ‘Young Champion’ award at the annual Fields in Trust Awards

Posted on 30 November 2017

Young activist, Kimberley Mpukusa, has been crowed the 2017 'Young Champion' at the Fields in Trust Awards.

The award, sponsored by Groundwork, celebrates the efforts of young people aged 16 to 24 who go the extra mile to champion their local green spaces through encouraging others to get involved and enhancing the spaces for users.  

Kimberley was recognised for her work in engaging and inspiring women and young children from BAME communities to actively get involved in sports. An avid tennis player, Kimberley has been actively involved in the BME Sport Cymru project and has been an inspiration to others around her both for her achievements in tennis and in facing challenges she has overcome in her life.

Sarah Reece-Mills, Director of Partnership and Programmes for Groundwork was there on the night and presented the award to Mohammed Basit, of Swansea City Council sports development on behalf of Kimberly, who was unfortunately unable to attend. 

Sarah said: "Kimberley is a true example of the amazing work that young people all across the country are doing to make their areas better, greener and healthier places to live. 

"It's important that we continue to nurture and develop the skills and confidence of young people to ensure they continue to be a force for good in their local neighbourhood. She is a true inspiration." 

Commenting on this year’s Awards, Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust added: "On behalf of the team at Fields in Trust I would like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners. These awards give us the opportunity to shine a light on some of the UK’s most beautiful green spaces up and down the country.  

"Thank you to Groundwork for their support of this Award.  Congratulations to Kimberley on her well-deserved award and for being such an inspiring example to other young people." 

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- UK’s Best Park, as voted by YOU! is an annual Award run by national charity Fields in Trust to find the nation’s favourite local green space.  

- Nominations for UK’s Best Park 2017 ran from Friday 21st September to Wednesday 13th October. Any local green space was eligible to be nominated as the UK's Best Park. 360 nominations were received across the UK.  

- Voting ran from Saturday 14th October to Friday 3rd November. Over 15,000 votes were received in total.  
- The shortlist comprised the parks to have received the most votes in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.