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New award to highlight the best in Sport for Development

Recognition for the Sport for Development sector has hit a new milestone with the launch of a ‘Sport for social change’ category at the prestigious Sports Journalists’ Association awards.

The new award aims to highlight the work of organisations who use sport and physical activity to create a positive impact on local communities and people in need, tackling issues such as crime, physical and mental health, social exclusion, loneliness and unemployment.

The Alliance of Sport would encourage our members to submit applications for the Sports Journalists’ Association award. Success would raise the profile of the magnificent work going on around the UK to use the power of sport to tackle crime.

The award been created in conjunction with the Sport for Development Coalition and ConnectSport and is supported by Oaks.

Applications for the award must be made before 5pm on November 1. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday November 8 and all shortlisted organisations will be invited to attend the event at The Pavilion at the Tower of London on Thursday December 6 between 12-4pm.

The winner will receive a business support package from Oaks, the organisation who in the last year have helped their clients secure over £12million to reach more vulnerable people and change lives through sport.

Entries for the award will be judged by an expert panel on the following criteria:

  • Impact and reach.
  • Scale and difficulty of the issue being tackled.
  • Longevity and sustainability of the project.
  • Resourcefulness and dedication of staff, coaches and volunteers.
  • Innovation and/or collaboration.
  • Monitoring and evaluation, including clarity and transparency around impact reporting.

Applicants must provide an overview of no more than 300 words describing their project or ongoing work, plus a 200-word case study demonstrating the impact of the programme on a specific individual.

Organisations in our network can enter an application for the award here.

Further details can be found on ConnectSport.

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