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A very warm welcome to the website of the Sports Journalists’ Association

The Sports Journalists’ Association of Great Britain – the SJA – is the world’s largest national organisation for professional sports journalists.

Our members include writers and photographers, editors, cartoonists or broadcasters, whether they work for national or regional newspapers, specialist magazines, in print or online, on television or on radio.

Hugh McIlvanney - Doug Gardner trophy

Sir Michael Parkinson, the President of the SJA, presents the Doug Gardner Award  – the Association’s highest honour – to Hugh McIlvanney

Our President since 2005 is the writer and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, and David Walker, sports editor of the Daily Mirror, is our chairman. Our SJA committee comprises a selection of national newspaper sports editors, tabloid and broadsheet, past and present, top sports photographers, and well-known correspondents in print, broadcasting and online.

We are proud to have The National Lottery and BT Sport as the lead sponsors of our two highlight events of each year, the SJA British Sports Awards, staged each December, and the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards, which are held every March.

Ladbrokes and Laureus are also generous supporters of our events.

We enjoy strong partnerships with a range of public agencies, sports federations and some of the biggest corporations in the world, including the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association; UK Sport and Sport England; various specialist sports writer organisations, such as the Cricket Writers’ Club, Football Writers’ Association and the British Athletics Writers’s Association; and internationally, we have had productive dealings with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Sport Accord, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and NFL Europe.

We also work closely with other sports governing bodies, advising on media management matters and helping to promote their events and activities to our members, in the hope of generating improved press coverage.

Our SJA British Sports Awards has a history dating back to 1949, and the December lunch regularly attracts some of the biggest names in British sport. Past winners including Lewis Hamlton, Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIlroy, Rebecca Adlington, Tony McCoy, Bradley Wiggins and Paula Radcliffe.

Click here to read reports from our previous years’ British Sports Awards

In March each year, our SJA British Sports Journalism Awards dinner is  an important occasion to support and promote our own profession.

We endeavour to make it a glittering event where among our guests are prominent figures from sport, the media and politics, with colleagues from sports broadcasting, the sports desks of the national newspapers and many of the world’s leading sports photographers also attending, as we recognise excellence among our colleagues’ work through the previous year.

For reports on past British Sports Journalism Awards,  click here, where you will also find further links to lists of our past winners and photo galleries of some of the best of British sports photography.

Watched over by Jim Rosenthal, Sebastian Coe, the chairman of LOCOG, collects the JL Manning Award for services to sport from SJA vice chairman David Walker

Watched over by Jim Rosenthal, Sebastian Coe, the chairman of LOCOG, collects the JL Manning Award for services to sport from the SJA’s David Walker

In 2012, the SJA co-hosted a special pre-Olympics reception in the City of London for our colleagues attending the Games from around the world attended by more than 300 accredited media, and we are working to stage a similar event in Glasgow before the 2014 Commonwealth Games, sponsored by BT Sport.

Our other activities include hosting regular lunches with leading figures from the world of sport as our special, headline-making guests; Sporting Question Time events, with expert panels dealing with the issues of the day; and the SJA Yearbook and directory, circulated to our members and the sports desks of national newspapers, news agencies and broadcasters as well as major PR firms.

Elsewhere on this website, you can also find details of how to join the SJA, to enjoy the benefits of membership, which include significant cash discounts on tickets for our events, the annual SJA Yearbook, and a range of other services.

The SJA works together with: British Olympic Association Sport Accord We Are England Sport England Sport and Recreation Alliance UK Sport
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