SJA British Sports Awards 2023 to celebrate its 75th anniversary in London in December

The Sports Journalists’ Association will stage the 75th edition of its SJA British Sports Awards at The Kia Oval in London on Thursday 7 December; tickets are available now at

By the SJA


The Sports Journalists’ Association is delighted to announce a very special edition of the SJA British Sports Awards will be held in London in December, in association with the National Lottery.

The awards, celebrating the successes and achievements of the British sporting year, were first held in 1949 which makes the 2023 event the 75th anniversary.

The awards will honour the Sportsman, Sportswoman and Sports Team of the Year as well as the many other sporting achievements of the preceding 12 months.

The awards lunch will take place at The Kia Oval in London on Thursday 7 December, with tickets for individuals, groups and tables available to purchase now through the awards website:

The event starts at 12pm with a welcome reception, followed by lunch and the Awards hosted by Jim Rosenthal, and is expected to finish at around 4pm.

You do not have to be an SJA member to attend, although members are entitled to a significant discount on tickets.

The awards are a great opportunity to reflect and celebrate on another action-packed year of sport alongside leading figures in sports journalism, media, and sport.


Last year, Beth Mead – top scorer and player of the tournament at the UEFA European Women’s Football Championship – was voted Sportswoman of the Year.

World champion 1500-metre runner Jake Wightman was named Sportsman of the Year and the Euro 2022-winning England women’s football team were voted Team of the Year. The top prizes on offer are all voted on by SJA members.

There is still plenty of sport to come in 2023 and excellence can be expected as contenders continue to stake their claims for our awards. All SJA members have been contacted and asked to cast their votes online for Sportsman, Sportswoman and Team towards the end of the year.

Other award winners at the event are selected by the SJA Committee, such as The Pat Besford Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year; the National Lottery Spirit of Sport Award; the SJA Bill McGowran Trophy for female and male para athletes; the J L Manning Award for services to sport off the field; and the SJA Sport for Social Change Award.

The SJA is pleased once again to partner with Sky and Kick It Out to award the Sky | Kick It Out award for equality and inclusion.

The award was first given two years ago and recognises an individual or organisation within sport that has led the fight against racism and discrimination while promoting equality and inclusion in sport and wider society.

Tickets to attend the SJA British Sports Awards 2023 are available to purchase through the awards website:
Tickets are available for individuals, groups and tables of 10 or 12 people. Ticket price includes a sparkling drinks reception; a three-course lunch with tea and coffee; and half a bottle of table wine per person.

TABLE OF 10: £1,200
TABLE OF 12: £1,440

* All Prices ex VAT

Catch up on some of the highlights of the SJA British Sports Awards 2022, including interviews with awards winners James Anderson, Jake Wightman, Kevin Sinfield and Alice Dearing…

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Follow the link below for more information about the awards ( and to purchase tickets.