PSD completes the first and second batches of Level 1: Introduction to S4D
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Certification Ceremony from Batch 2 of Level 1: Introduction to S4D
Pro Sport Development (PSD) recently achieved a significant milestone in its mission to foster positive social change through sport, as it concluded the first two batches of Level 1: Introduction to Sport for Development (S4D). This was a part of PSD’s newly launched Sport for Change Certification Program, an innovative training certification program, split into three levels, that shares practical and relevant knowledge and skills to empower individuals and organizations with a passion for creating social change through the tailored use of sport, physical activity and play.

As part of the training, participants were required to complete an online course and attend a webinar as a precursor to the 3-day in-person workshop. These digital components were instrumental in deepening their comprehension of the concept of S4D, equipping them with valuable insights and knowledge before delving into the practical aspects of the training.

The in-person training for the initial batch took place from 7th to 9th March 2024, followed by the second batch from 20th to 22nd March 2024, with the participation of 49 individuals (24 Female, 25 Male) representing 20 diverse organizations across the two batches. 

Throughout the in-person training, participants were immersed in a dynamic learning environment, combining theoretical insights with sport-based practical exercises. From understanding the principles of S4D to learning facilitation strategies tailored for diverse contexts, participants gained invaluable insights into the potential of sport as a catalyst for change, as shared by one of the participants: 

"The workshop left a lasting impression on me, introducing a new approach to training. It delved into the intersection of social issues and sport, exploring avenues for our holistic development — physically, mentally, socially, and economically. I gained insights into connecting these aspects with sports and learned practical strategies to integrate them into our program." remarked one of the participants.

Another participant echoed this sentiment, as they reflected on the importance of the tools and resources used as part of the workshop: 

"The session was highly interactive and effectively addressed all queries in regards to S4D. It utilized attention-grabbing techniques to engage participants. The Play-Based Learning Handbook by PSD proved to be incredibly useful, facilitating a clear understanding of how to implement S4D activities to teach soft skills."

Based on the feedback evaluation conducted by PSD, 70.2% of the participants stated that their participation in the certification program makes them feel confident about their ability to deliver S4D interventions within their communities. Additionally, 83% mentioned that the insights gained from this workshop would positively contribute to their future endeavors in their respective professions and in utilizing sport for social change more broadly.

Regarding the certification program's assistance in addressing challenges related to S4D programming, the evaluation revealed that 64% of the participants felt that completing level 1 would help them with the systematic and structured implementation of sport-based sessions. Additionally, 60% of them also stated that completing level 1 would allow them to address the challenge of aligning sport-based sessions with social objectives and soft skills.

In addition to the learnings, the diverse cohort, comprising individuals from various backgrounds and organizations, fostered an interactive environment, enabling participants to exchange insights, build their network, and learn from each other's experiences, as noted by Nalini Singh, one of the facilitators at the workshop: 

"We were fortunate to have participants from a wide array of organizations. This diversity enriched the discussions and allowed for a holistic exploration of S4D principles from various perspectives and experiences"

Looking ahead, PSD remains dedicated to expanding its reach and impact, with plans to offer subsequent levels of the certification program aimed at further enhancing participants' expertise in S4D facilitation throughout the year 2024. The next batch of level 1 is scheduled to take place from 18th to 20th April 2024. Interested candidates can register using this link: https://forms.gle/TRn5Z2c488SM7XMB9

About PSD 

Established in 2013, Pro Sport Development (PSD) is an award-winning organization dedicated to creating an ecosystem where sport, physical activity, and play are utilized to improve the lives of young people from marginalized and underserved communities. PSD has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating training programs for facilitators, including sport coaches, sport-for-development practitioners, PE teachers, and community trainers, to capacitate them to utilize sport as a tool for positive social change. 



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