The Sport for Development Coalition will host its first induction session for partners and supporters next Friday. It is the first session in a series of events throughout 2021, aimed at welcoming network supporters new and old.
The movement of more than 160 sport for development organisations has grown rapidly since last summer when core partners Sport England, Comic Relief and Laureus Sport for Good announced new four-year funding for the Coalition.
Since then a new Executive Director, Ollie Dudfield, and Insights and Engagement Officer, Kelly Smith, have been appointed to the management team, and have begun to implement the Coalition’s strategy which has three core aims:
Advocacy – making the case for sport for development.
Impact – building the case for sport for development.
Investment – strengthening sport for development.
There are three sessions scheduled for the first half of 2021, which will be led by Ollie, Kelly and the Coalition’s communications lead Simon Lansley, the founder of ConnectSport, with more to follow later in the year. The one-hour sessions will be split between the team providing an overview of strategy and activities, and a facilitated discussion for supporters to ask any questions or highlight any key areas they would like the Coalition to address. They are due to take place:
Kelly explained: “The Coalition’s overall aim for organisations and individuals joining the movement is to enable them to speak confidently in terms of the social and economic contribution that they are making within the communities they work in.
“Through bringing together the many brilliant organisations in the sector doing great work the Coalition aims to give them a stronger voice, as well as harnessing the expertise and reach of bigger organisations.
“We want supporters to have experiences, through our activities and events, which are informative, empowering and enable collaboration.”