Beyond Sport Summit and Awards 2016: two weeks to go
On 18 October 2016 the Beyond Sport Summit will begin in London’s Olympic Park. Once again, sportanddev.org are delighted to be attending the event as we did in 2015. Since 2009, teams, leagues, federations, brands, corporates, NGOs and development organisations have been gathering to share best practice, celebrate outstanding efforts and develop new partnerships.
Each year, the focus of the Summit is based on something timely – a theme that captures something relevant, current and urgent in our world where sport can and should be playing a role. Introducing #BeyondInnovation. Over three days the focus will be on how innovation is elevating sport and social change.
Guest speakers at the conference have been announced. These include Khalida Popal, former captain of the Afghanistan women’s football team, Andy Sellins of The Change Foundation and Preeti Shetty of The Football Foundation.
The summit includes visits to a number of sport for development projects in London and for the first time an Innovation Hub – celebrating new and innovative methods of using sport to affect social change.
The Beyond Sport Awards, supported by Comic Relief promote, support and reward the best projects across the globe that are using sport for positive social change. In the build up to the summit and awards sportanddev.org will be profiling the nominees who have shown commitment to Beyond Sport's guiding principles:
Model - There is a structure in place that uses sport as a primary tool to drive positive social transformation.
Impact - Lives have been significantly changed by delivering a demonstrable, long-term benefit to those with which you have engaged with a clear monitoring, evaluation and learning model to demonstrate this.
Sustainability - There is a sound plan to be financially and structurally sustainable.
Share - Practical insights or programmatic elements can be shared with other organisations addressing similar social issues and the organisation is a willing and active collaborator.
Inclusion - Everyone is allowed equal access regardless of gender, disability, religion or sexuality, whilst also recognising some projects may have a clear rationale for being exclusive to a particular target group.