Throughout 2020, ConnectSport is working with the Sport for Development Coalition to focus attention, share best practice and stimulate debate around one particular strand of sport for social change per month.
After each new monthly theme has been announced, organisations which specialise - or have significant experience - in that subject area are invited to respond to our call for articles which will be shared on social media by ConnectSport and, where relevant, Coalition member organisations throughout the month. To make a submission, send a brief email outlining your article to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles should be no longer than 500 words, ideally written from the perspective of a senior member of staff, and accompanied by suitable imagery. They should highlight innovative and collaborative ways of working, focus on providing solutions to common issues in the sector, and achieving positive social outcomes.
Organisations, their staff, supporters and beneficiaries are then invited to get involved in a Twitter takeover based on that month's theme which will usually take place on the last Monday evening of each month. This sees a senior representative from the month's 'lead organisation' join the Sport for Development Coalition for a question-and-answer session hosted live on the @ConnectSport Twitter account, usually between 8 and 9pm and using the hashtag #SportForDevelopmentCoalition. See highlights from previous takeovers here.
Check out the monthly themes and corresponding articles so far:
December 2019: Building the trust of young people
November 2019: Are 'hard to reach' communities really hard to reach?
October 2019: Children's rights and sport - could we do more?
September 2019: Modernising PE - the role of Sport for Development in Education
August 2019: How can professional sport help to increase the social impact of sport and physical activity?
July 2019: Does your coach workforce reflect your participants?
June 2019: How can we make disabled people's inclusion in sport the norm?
May 2019: Sport for Development - the role of grassroots and community sport
April 2019: Collaboration: The key to success?
March 2019: Sport and mental health
February 2019: Sport providing a safe place
January 2019: Building stronger communities through sport and physical activity
December 2018: Reducing crime through sport
November 2018: Employability through sport
October 2018: Empowering women and girls
We welcome suggestions for future monthly themes, and organisations are also invited to join the ConnectSport directory free of charge so they can be promoted alongside articles. Get in touch at email@example.com.