Support our monthly themes & Twitter takeovers

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

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:

April 2020

GoodGym: What more could sport do for society?

March 2020

How is Sport for Development responding to the Coronavirus pandemic?

February 2020

Sport for Development Coalition: What are YOUR priorities for the SFDC?

January 2020:

Laureus: Sport and Sustainable Development - the next 10 years

December 2019: Building the trust of young people

Dallaglio RugbyWorks: 'It's time to trust our young people'

November 2019: Are 'hard to reach' communities really hard to reach?

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust: Are 'hard to reach communities really hard to reach?

October 2019: Children's rights and sport - could we do more?

Unicef UK: Children's rights and sport - could we do more?

September 2019: Modernising PE - the role of Sport for Development in Education

Youth Sport Trust: 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?

Premiership Rugby: Sport for Development - the role of professional sport

July 2019: Does your coach workforce reflect your participants?

Coach Core: Do your coaches help to meet the needs of your community?

June 2019: How can we make disabled people's inclusion in sport the norm?

Access Sport: How do we make disabled people's inclusion the norm in sport?

Metro Blind Sport: The importance of sharing best practice

IMAS: Normalising the inclusion of disabled people in sport

Panathlon: No subtitute for 'proper inclusion'

May 2019: Sport for Development - the role of grassroots and community sport

Sported: Helping the grassroots to survive and thrive

Football Foundation: Supporting the social impact of sport

April 2019: Collaboration: The key to success?

Active Partnerships CEO - the value of collaboration

How corporate collaboration can increase social impact

Collaboration is key theme for conference

March 2019: Sport and mental health

Sport & Recreation Alliance marks Charter's fourth anniversary

Mind: Leading the way on sport and mental health

Offload: Using sport to re-design interventions for at-risk men

February 2019: Sport providing a safe place

Greenhouse Sports: Sport providing a safe place.

Football Beyond Borders: Using football as a safety net.

Mini Mermaid: Why the finish line is just the beginning.

January 2019: Building stronger communities through sport and physical activity

Mayor of London: How sport can unite our communities.

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust: Getting young lives back on track

Active Burngreave: Working at the 'speed of trust'

StreetGames: Building stronger communities

December 2018: Reducing crime through sport

Sport’s role in reducing crime: A sector-wide approach (Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime)

Sport and physical activity in prison settings – lessons from a national review (Professor Rosie Meek)

HMYOI Feltham: Reforming young offenders through sport and physical activity

The inmates behind the world’s first prison parkrun

Switch Up: Breaking the cycle of violence

3Pillars Project: The value of contact sports in youth custody

StreetGames: Safer together through sport

November 2018: Employability through sport

Street League: Transparency could galvanise sector

By Royal command: The remarkable growth of Coach Core

Hitz: 10 years of making an impact

Sport 4 Life UK: Life skills essential for employability

StreetGames set standard for apprenticeships

October 2018: Empowering women and girls

Women in Sport: Challenging gender stereotypes through sport

The Change Foundation: Achieving gender parity

Cricket Without Boundaries: Giving girls an equal chance

How ‘Old Girls’ sparked a football revolution

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