• 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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