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27 Feb 2024 | 15:15

Sport for Development Coalition supporters have been invited to register for two key events and a free training course as they prepare to collectively mark the UN’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6th April.

The events on March 26th and 27th will focus on the Coalition’s twin aims of maximising the sector’s contribution to global sustainable development goals and national policy objectives in the UK.

Coalition supporters will then come together before and around 6th April to demonstrate how they are contributing to key outcomes highlighted by the #OpenGoal framework, such as improving health, wellbeing and social cohesion, and reducing crime and unemployment.

  • On Tuesday 26th March (1400-1630) the Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Coalition, will host the 8th annual Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development. This year two high-profile panels will debate the motion: ‘Artificial Intelligence is the answer to accelerating the power of sport to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030’. The debate will enable insightful conversations around the opportunities and threats of AI in the world of sport and address how AI-led solutions can impact social development in health, education and youth engagement. Find out more.
  • To support learning and development on the role of AI in sport, and sport for development, the Coalition has teamed up with READY to offer free access to a new online introductory course. In this beginner-level online, on-demand course, attendees will learn the origins, types and applications of artificial intelligence. It also analyses some of the controversy and risks, and highlights diverse examples of how AI is currently being applied in sport, with a focus on the potential of AI in women's sport. Upon completion (2.5 hours of learning), attendees will be better prepared to understand, navigate and maybe even use AI in pers their personal and professional lives. To sign up, enter the code SPORTFORDEV on the course sales page here.
  • On Wednesday 27th March (0930-1330), the Coalition’s Executive Director Hitesh Patel will contribute to a panel at Westminster Insight’s ‘Get Active: The Sport Strategy Conference’. The conference at at IStructE in central London will follow up on the launch of the Government’s strategy last August. Key stakeholders including DCMS, Sport England and numerous Coalition partners including Access Sport, Active Partnerships, Chance to Shine, Sported, StreetGames and Youth Sport Trust, will highlight their role in tackling inequalities and achieving better social, health and economic outcomes through sport and physical activity. View the agenda and full speaker line-up (for 20% discount, use code SPKR4179).

To find out how your organisation can contribute to the collective action throughout 2024, register for an #OpenGoal drop-in session taking place each Thursday (1200-1230 GMT) in the build-up to 6th April.