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Pride House Wins at Stonewall Awards

21st November 2014

Pride House Wins at Stonewall Awards

LEAP are the winners of the Sports Award at Stonewall UK Awards 2014.

LEAP Sports Scotland have scooped the ‘Sports Award’ at the Stonewall UK Awards 2014 for this year’s acclaimed ‘Pride House Glasgow’ project. At a ceremony held in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum earlier this month, Pride House found itself up against Casey Stoney, Michael Sam, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Stonewall FC Football Club. The award was presented by Stonewall Chief Executive Ruth Hunt and the legendary Julian Clary. Hugh Torrance, Chair of LEAP Sports Scotland, and Frazer Robertson, Vice Chair, were on hand to collect the award.

Julian Clary, Frazer Robertson, Hugh Torrance and Ruth Hunt

Pride House Glasgow ran for 14 days during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer, running more than 80 events with over 6,000 people visiting or participating, and playing host to a veritable who’s who from the world of politics, sport and entertainment, as well as visitors and dignitaries from across the Commonwealth and the world. On accepting the award, Hugh Torrance paid tribute to the volunteers and community supporters who made the project such a success. Torrance also thanked key funders, Big Lottery Fund Scotland and The Scottish Government, praising the work of the Scottish Government and singling out their ongoing commitment to human rights legislation.

The Pride House International movement has gone from strength to strength over the past 4 years, but Torrance urged attendees to get behind the movement, stating that ‘…future Pride Houses such as Rio 2016 and Russia 2018, are crucially important, but are likely to face far more significant challenges. Let’s ensure they are every bit as highly anticipated as Glasgow 2014.’

LEAP Sports Vice Chair Frazer Robertson (centre) looks on as Hugh Torrance, Chair, urges awards attendees to support the Pride House movement.

LEAP Sports were in good company as Scottish born journalist Liz MacKean took the Journalist of the Year award, whilst MSP Alex Neil made the shortlist for Politician of the Year.

Written by Fraser Johnston on 21st November 2014.