Coaches across Continents a Finalist as Beyond Sport announces Awards 2009 Shortlist

Original Post: 9/19/2009

Beyond Sport, the global initiative which seeks to unearth, celebrate and support the world’s most inspirational sports projects, people and organisations that drive positive change through sport, is delighted to unveil the Shortlist for the Beyond Sport Awards 2009.

By reaching this stage of the judging process, each project will receive an invitation to attend the Beyond Sport Summit on July 7-9 in London.

Thanks to the unique support and goodwill of Beyond Sport’s Global Partner Virgin Atlantic, representatives from these projects will be flown from all over world to the Summit in London.

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic, stated: “The Beyond Sport Awards Shortlist represents the best examples from across the globe of utilising sport as a vehicle for social change. We’re delighted to be able to help bring these inspirational individuals to London and look forward to meeting them and sharing their experiences at the Beyond Sport Summit.”

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chairman of the Beyond Sport Ambassadors, added: “My congratulations to those projects from all corners of the world that have been nominated to the Beyond Sport Awards Shortlist. This is an immense achievement on the part of these individuals and organisations and recognises their important contribution to delivering social change.”

The unprecedented, invite-only Summit will be led by influential global figures including Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic; Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan; Boris Johnson, Mayor of London; and Wilfred Lemke, United Nations Special Advisor to the Secretary General.

Throughout the three days of the Summit, the shortlisted projects will have the opportunity to interact with Beyond Sport’s extensive network of international sports organisations, corporate companies, influential political figures, and world leaders.

The Awards winners, to be selected by the panel of Beyond Sport Ambassadors, will be announced on the final day of the Summit. The successful projects in the six Beyond Sport Foundation Awards will receive £10,000 each and a package of support.

These shortlisted projects were chosen from over 265 entries from more than 80 countries that submitted applications to this year’s Awards.


Beyond Sport Foundation Awards

Best Project for Health:

Grassroot Soccer (South Africa)
Parent Organisation: Grassroot Soccer

Moving The Goalposts (MTG) (Kenya)

Saving Lives Though Dance (India)
Parent Organisation: Kolkata Sanved

Best Project for the Environment:

Coaching For Conservation (Botswana)
Parent Organisation: Botswana Predator Conservation Trust

SOS IRB Kit Aid (UK)

Polar Defence Project (UK/Norway)
Parent Organisation: English Channel Swimming Association

Best New Project:

Coaches across Continents Hat-Trick Initiatives (Tanzania)
Parent Organisation: Coaches across Continents

Football for Social Opportunity League (Argentina)
Parent Organisation: Fundación Fútbol para el Desarrollo – FUDE

love.fútbol (Guatemala)
Parent Organisation: love.fútbol

Soccer for Peace (Colombia)
Parent Organisation: Fundacion Futbol con Corazon

Best Project For Social Inclusion:

Supported by Barclays Spaces for Sports

Boxgirls (Germany and Kenya)
Parent Organisation: Boxgirls International / Social Startuo

Ethiopia – Sport Builds Bridges (Ethiopia)
Parent Organisation: Association Sport – The Bridge

Proyecto Alacatraz (Venezuela)
Parent Organisation: Santa Teresa Foundation

StreetGames (UK)

The International (Sports) Academy (Nigeria)

Sport For Peace Award:

Kicking For Peace (South Africa)
Parent Organisation: Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development

Open Fun Football Schools (Bosnia Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Serbia-Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Lebanon, Iraq)

Twinned Peace Sports Schools (Israel/Palestine)
Parent Organisation: Peres Center For Peace

UNICEF Children’s Rights Award:

Goals For a Better Life (Colombia)
Parent Organisation: Colombianitos

Greenhouse (UK)
Parent Organisation: Greenhouse Schools Project

Promoting Health, Life Skills and Fun for Boys and Girls through Sport in Karamoja Region (Uganda)
Parent Organisation: The KIDS League

The PLAY SOCCER Network Program (Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, Zambia)
Parent Organisation: PLAY SOCCER

Corporate and Federation Awards

Best Corporate Social Responsibility in Sport:

Deloitte Disability Sport Programme: Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) (UK)
Parent Organisation: Deloitte

Northumbrian Water – Water for Health Sporting Partnerships (UK)
Parent Organisation: Northumbrian Water

The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers (UK)
Parent Organisation: StreetGames and the Co-operative

Best Project by a Sport Federation or Governing Body:

Basketball Without Borders (Africa and United States)
Parent Organisation: National Basketball Association (NBA)

Goal (India)
Parent Organisation: International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA)

Sports Training and Outreach Program on HIV (Fiji)
Parent Organisation: Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)

Two Strong Cultures/Imparja Cup (Australia)
Parent Organisation: Cricket Australia

Best Project by a Professional Sports Team:

Hapoel Tel Aviv’s Education and Social Project (Israel/Palestine)
Parent Organisation: Hapoel  Tel Aviv

Southend Utd Goals Life Skills (UK)
Parent Organisation: Southend Utd

Team Globalbike (United States)
Parent Organisation: Globalbike Cycling Team

As well as the individual Award categories listed above, there will also be a number of Judges’ Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the Summit:

•    Most Courageous Use of Sport Award
•    Humanitarian in Sport Award – supported by Virgin Atlantic
•   Beyond Sport Special Recognition Award

Beyond Sport is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME International and Virgin Atlantic.

For further information contact:
Beyond Sport Press Office: +44 (0)20 3355 8133

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