Beyond Sport launches awards for inspirational sports projects
Beyond Sport is seeking to unearth, celebrate and
support the world’s most inspirational sports projects, people and organisations
that drive positive change through sport. To this end, the organisation has
launched its first awards, covering corporate and social responsibility, change
UNICEF UK is supporting Beyond Sport and one of the
awards will be a UNICEF Children’s Rights Award.
UNICEF UK will be providing technical support, with Beth Nicholls representing
the organisation on the Advisory Panel.
The global initiative is backed by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. There
are 11 Award categories covering the entire sporting spectrum. A shortlist of
entries will go before the Beyond Sport Judging Panel of Ambassadors,
chaired by Tony Blair, who will choose the winner of each category.
The winners in eight categories will receive funding and long-term support
to help them to become fully sustainable. All winners will be announced at the
inaugural Beyond Sport Summit to be held in London
on 8-9 July 2009.
Groups and individuals from across the globe can enter their social change
projects in the Beyond Sport Awards via the initiative’s
website, where social entrepreneurs in sport can also share their ideas and
insights with each other.
"I’m delighted to be able to announce that the Beyond Sport
Awards are now open for entries," Tony Blair comments. "This
is the first step towards our goal of recognising and supporting the most
inspirational projects that use sport to drive a positive message. We look
forward to receiving submissions from all corners of the world providing real
working examples of sport’s unparalleled power as an instigator of social