Better Libraries in Greenwich have scooped the runner-up prize in an innaugural national awards programme that recognises diversity, good practice and innovation in libraries.
The Libraries Connected Awards - announced at the Libraries Connected Conference (18-19 October) - confirmed that Better's Greenwich Libraries Team had come second out of 100 nominations in the Health & Wellbeing category.
The judges were 'bowled over' by the amazing range of work librarians had been doing - often under really challenging circumstances.
Better's Greenwich Libraries are the home of the Football Library project that has seen dozens of library loans of good quality footballs - made in Kenya by social enterprise ball manufacturer Alive and Kicking.
The initiative helps youngsters in Greenwich get more active and socially confident through play, while helping build sustainable communities in Africa.
The scheme has been so successful it has now been extended to Better libraries in Bromley and Wandsworth since May 2021.
The initiative now goes forward to represent the social enterprise leisure and libraries provider at the SEUK Awards on 8 December.