ConnectSport has been created to showcase and share how sport and physical activity are being used every day to benefit society. This is often referred to as 'sport for development' or 'sport for change', and ranges from physical health, mental wellbeing and social inclusion, to tackling crime and unemployment, or addressing diversity, inequality and discrimination. We deliberately aim to support groups who are often under-represented by mainstream media, for example women and girls, the BAME and LGBT communities, and disability sport.

Originally founded in 2011, ConnectSport is managed by a group of former national media executives and journalists whose aim is to raise awareness and increase investment in community sport across the UK and Ireland by giving it the same profile which is afforded to elite sport. Of course this will take time as we grow our audience, but with your support we can make it happen. ConnectSport will provide a strong, clear voice for community sport and attract more support for the sector, for example, from big business.

All profits received from advertising and sponsorship will be used to help us tell more stories about this rapidly growing sector, and raise awareness of the brilliant work which is being carried out by those staff and volunteers who too often go unnoticed behind the scenes at clubs, charities and in communities right across the UK and Ireland. Soon we will be showcasing events and jobs in the sector, and unveiling exciting new functionality which will enable registered organisations to attract direct funding from visitors to our free-to-join online directory.

We believe sport has the power to enable significant positive change in society, a theory which is supported recently in the UK by the DCMS 'Sporting Future' strategy, and on a global level by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. This is also backed by our Research section (coming soon), which features articles and evidence from an editorial board of Academics.


  • You want to register your organisation on the ConnectSport directory
  • You want to send a press release or pitch a story
  • You would like to publish Academic research
  • You would like to promote your services
  • You would like to partner or sponsor ConnectSport

Email simonlansley@connectsport.co.uk or follow @ConnectSport on Twitter.

Please note ConnectSport only showcases organisations and individuals committed to sport for development.



Founder and Chief Executive Simon Lansley is a member of the Leadership Group of the UK Sport for Development Coalition, the International Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) group based in London and co-ordinated by Bond, and the Sports Journalists' Association national committee. He was previously Sports Editor and Editorial Director at the Press Association, the UK's national news agency, and Head of Marketing and Communications for Street League, a leading sport for employability charity.

Chief Operating Officer Stefan Bonczoszek is Managing Director at Symposia Events, the specialists in online event and digital marketing. He has previously worked for EMAP, Glenigan and the Press Association where he was Commercial Director and Sales & Marketing Director.