ConnectSport is supporting a project which aims to create a map of organisations using sport for social development across England.
The project is being run by Impact inFocus on behalf of the Sport for Development Coalition, supported by Sport England.
The Coalition comprises leading sport for development charities such as Sported, StreetGames, Access Sport, 2nd Chance Group and Street League as well as Comic Relief, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the Premier League and Premiership Rugby. It advised the Government on its ‘Sporting Future’ strategy, published in December 2015, which focuses on five key social outcomes of sport – physical and mental health and wellbeing, and individual, community and economic development.
ConnectSport founder Simon Lansley, the former Sports Editor of the Press Association, is a member of the Coalition’s leadership group.
Damian Hatton, Managing Director of Impact inFocus, said: “We are delighted to have been commissioned by the Sport for Development Coalition and Sport England to map the ‘sport for development’ sector in this country.
“This will contribute to the long-term planning and strategic aims of Sport England and other funders such as Comic Relief and Laureus, while also increasing the visibility of the sector and strengthening relationships and knowledge-sharing within the network.”
Organisations which register will receive full access to interactive sector-specific maps and infographics and receive future updates on the project as it evolves.
An estimated 200,000 organisations use sport for social impact in the UK. These include charities and social enterprises; national governing bodies (including county arms); community foundations at professional clubs; amateur leagues and clubs; player or athlete foundations; equality, diversity and awareness campaigns; UK-based international NGOs; community groups; public health; Government (national and local); County Sport Partnerships (CSPs); Schools, ranging from Sport Partnerships (SSPs) to projects such as School Games and the Daily Mile; University, FE and college sport; Corporate Social Responsibility projects (CSR); Gym and physical activity providers.
ConnectSport’s aim is to showcase and share best practice in sport for development, and support growth by attracting new investment into the sector. A new website will be launched soon – for sponsorship, advertising and partnership opportunities, please contact email@example.com