LEEDS City Council has been shortlisted for a top sports, leisure and cultural service public sector award.

The council is on the shortlist because of its work to ensure that residents were still able to participate in different forms of physical activity despite the challenges of coronavirus. As part of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) 2021 Awards, Leeds has been nominated with five other local authorities in the Best Service Team: Sports, Leisure and Cultural Service category. Leeds implemented a wide-range of service changes and innovations during Covid-19.The winners of the award will be revealed on Thursday, September 9.

Councillor Salma Arif, executive member for public health and active lifestyles said:“As a council we have worked tirelessly to tackle the many challenges that we’ve faced through coronavirus, and I am very proud therefore that our Active Leeds team have been shortlisted for an APSE public sector award, which is richly deserved.

“Trying to find new ways that we could encourage residents to continue to keep active and healthy, physically and mentally, during each lockdown was one of our key aims."