About ConnectSport


Sport for Development ranges from improving 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. At ConnectSport, we believe sport has the power to enable significant positive change in society, a theory supported in recent years the UK by the DCMS 'Sporting Future' strategy, and on a global level by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

ConnectSport is managed by experienced media executives whose aim is to increase awareness and investment in community sport by giving it the same profile afforded to elite sport. All profits are used to help us tell more stories about this rapidly growing sector, and raise awareness of the brilliant work being carried out by staff and volunteers who often go unnoticed behind the scenes at clubs, charities and in communities across the regions.

Contact hello@connectsport.co.uk if you would like to:
Join the ConnectSport directory
Send a press release, pitch a story or publish Academic research
Promote your services, or partner with or sponsor ConnectSport

Our people
Founder and Chief Executive Simon Lansley is a member of the Leadership Group of the 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.

Head of Data and Insight Graham Newman has over 20 years' marketing experience (15 years in insight business and five in not-for-profit organisations) and worked for the Macular Society, 4C, Glenigan, GWE and Euromoney Institutional Investor.

ConnectSport is proud to be the official media partner of the Sport for Development Coalition

The SFDC is a growing movement of charities, governing bodies, funders and delivery organisations who all believe in the power of sport and physical activity to act as effective tools for intervention when generating positive social outcomes.

The SFDC aims to provide evidence of this, especially to other sectors - such as health, criminal justice or education - and to funders seeking more efficient solutions for society's biggest problems.


It is funded and supported by Sport England, Comic Relief and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Working in partnership, each month ConnectSport and the Sport for Development Coalition co-ordinate a 'call for articles' - based on the theme of the month - and a Twitter takeover, featuring a guest organisation and usually staged on the last Monday of the month which featured organisations including:

ConnectSport is supported by