Mike de Giorgio awarded 2016 Emeritus Award for lifetime achievement to grassroots sport
Michael de Giorgio, co-founder and Chief Executive of Greenhouse Sports, has been awarded the 2016 Emeritus Award by the Sport and Recreation Alliance. De Giorgio was presented with his award at a ceremony in London presented by HRH The Earl of Wessex.
De Giorgio received the 2016 Emeritus Award in recognition of his sustained commitment to use the power of sport to transform the lives of young people in disadvantaged communities in London.
The Emeritus Award, which has been in existence for over 10 years, is presented to an individual for their life-long or sustained service to grassroots in sport and recreation.
De Giorgio co-founded Greenhouse Sports in 2002, when he sold his financial services business, to develop the life skills of young people in some of London’s most disadvantaged communities through high-quality sports programmes delivered by inspirational coaches. He has been at the helm of the charity, leading its growth and continued success for the last 14 years.
Over the past decade, Greenhouse Sports has used sport to help 38,000 young people across the capital overcome the barriers that are often associated with growing up in areas of deprivation.
On winning his award, De Giorgio commented: “I am honoured to accept the Emeritus Award from the Sport and Recreation Alliance. Greenhouse Sports was born out of the idea that sport can change people’s lives for the better and since then its success has been the result of many people working together with the common goal of giving young people a chance to succeed. After 14 years, I am still inspired every day by our coaches and participants.”
During his time as CEO of Greenhouse Sports, Mike has been a strong voice for the charity sport and recreation sector in advocating the social benefits of sport. In 2011, he chaired the Centre for Social Justice’s report on how best to harness sport to positively impact the lives of young people.
His vision and influence has led to Greenhouse Sports’ contributions being adopted in to the Government’s Sporting Future strategy and has featured in other sector reports.
Andrew Moss, Chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance said: “Through his hard work and commitment to improving the lives of children from disadvantaged communities in London, Mike has made a real difference to a staggering number of young people. His understanding of the power of sport for social good has inspired many and we are delighted to present Mike with his award on behalf of all the young people who have benefited from his dedication to this cause.”
This summer Mike will step aside from his current role as Chief Executive and continue his commitment to the charity in a Trustee role and as an ambassador.