Beyond Sport Awards 2012 now open for entries

Beyond Sport Awards 2012 now open for entries

Beyond Sport, the global organisation that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change, is delighted to announce that entries are now open on for this year’s Beyond Sport Awards – with the winners to be unveiled at the Beyond Sport Summit, to be held in London in July.

Designed to recognise and reward those individuals and organisations using sport to drive forward social change, the Beyond Sport Awards are made up of 12 categories covering the entire sporting spectrum of health, social inclusion, corporate and social responsibility, and team and federation community engagement.

The Awards categories are split into three clear sections – Community Awards; Corporation, Team, and Federation Awards; and the Judges' Awards. The winners of the six Community Awards will each receive funding as well as a Business Support Package worth hundreds of thousands of dollars made up of strategic consultancy, marketing and advertising support, and more.

The Awards will close on April 6, but entrants are encouraged to submit their entry form early, which can be downloaded off the www.beyondsport.org, as promotional and exposure opportunities will be available to programmes through Beyond Sport’s high-traffic online outlets.

A shortlist of projects in each of the Awards categories will be revealed in April, with representatives invited to London for the fourth annual Beyond Sport Summit, where the winners will be unveiled.

The Awards winners are selected by the Beyond Sport Ambassadors – a group of high-profile individuals chaired by former British Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, and including HRH Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan, former South African football captain Lucas Radebe; and multi-Olympic gold medallists Michael Johnson and Sergey Bubka.

Previous winners of the Awards have ranged from a project that provides safe spaces to play sports in a gang-stricken area of Chicago; to a programme in India that works with victims of human trafficking through dance and movement therapy; to a surfing project that works with street children in South Africa; to a Venezuelan initiative that uses rugby as a tool to dismantle gangs.

Groups and individuals from across the globe can look to follow in the footsteps of these projects and enter their social change initiatives in the Beyond Sport Awards 2012 here.

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

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