What is ConnectSport?

ConnectSport is a free and independent news service, which has been showcasing and sharing the best of sport CSR (corporate social responsibility), grassroots and social inclusion since April 2011.

We also provide an online directory of organisations which use sport to benefit society but receive relatively little media coverage. Our aim is to unite and celebrate this diverse network of organisations and people, in order to help the sector grow stronger and larger.

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Community departments at League One football clubs in England

Community departments at Super League clubs

National disability sporting organisations

Charities founded by individual sports people


This website is funded by ConnectSport UK Ltd, which supplies PR and communications services to the sport for development sector. ConnectSport is a registered Social Enterprise, and all profits received go back into supporting this website.

For more information contact info@connectsport.co.uk

Who are we?

Simon Lansley

Founder and Director
Simon is Head of Marketing and Communications at Street League, the national charity which uses football to tackle youth unemployment. He has also previously worked with The FA, FIFA Football for Hope, Football Foundation and the PFA on CSR and grassroots campaigns and projects. Before then, he spent 15 years at the UK’s national news agency, the Press Association, where he was Sports Editor and Editorial Director. He is a qualified grassroots football coach and strongly believes in the power of sport to help effect change in society.

Dan Parnell

Associate Director
Dan is an applied researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he leads research with a number community football and community sport organisations and currently lead and work on a number of local and national research projects with professional football clubs and leading sport organisations. Dan has interests in how sport can support education, social inclusion and health improvement and is committed to helping organisations making a difference across communities.

Dan Pope

Dan was Editor of the UK’s largest grassroots football network, Club Website, for five years before becoming a freelance writer. He remains passionate about grassroots sport and enjoys working in areas where sport can make a real and lasting difference to those taking part. Dan is an all-round sports nut and a keen runner.

Matt Thacker

Matt is Managing Director of TriNorth, the communications agency which works with sporting organisations such as England Netball, England Hockey, Volleyball England, the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the Cricket Foundation. Based in London, TriNorth also oversees the publication of titles including Sportsister and All Out Cricket, and is working to support ConnectSport UK Ltd.

Who we work with:

For more details contact info@connectsport.co.uk