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5 Feb 2024 | 16:16

With an Olympics, Paralympics and General Election set to take place during 2024, the next 12 months represents a critical year for sport for development across the UK.

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To help the sector prepare, the Sport for Development Coalition is running a weekly series of 30-minute online drop-in sessions for its members and supporters. Join us for one of the sessions, and share this invitation to other relevant colleagues and contacts.

The purpose of the sessions is to discuss and share how Coalition supporters will come together to mark the UN’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6th April, and collectively demonstrate how they are ready to play their part in meeting key policy priorities for UK Government throughout 2024 and beyond.

We do this by supporting the Coalition’s #OpenGoal Shared Advocacy Framework which was launched on 6th April 2022. The framework was co-designed by network members as a way of highlighting to policy-makers the contribution of targeted sport and physical activity-based interventions to generating a series of positive health, economic and environmental benefits, ranging from improved health and wellbeing to reduced crime and increased social cohesion.


Sign up to attend one of our weekly 30min #OpenGoal drop-in sessions, held each Thursday (1200 GMT). Click on one of the links below to select a date and book your place:

Thursday 22nd February (1200-1230 GMT)

Thursday 29th February (1200-1230 GMT)

Thursday 7th March (1200-1230 GMT)

Thursday 14th March (1200-1230 GMT)

Thursday 21st March (1200-1230 GMT)

Thursday 28th March (1200-1230 GMT)

Sport for development interventions can deliver multiple returns on investment across national policy priorities, and therefore help to create significant public cost savings in communities facing the greatest disadvantage and deprivation. Collectively we believe this presents an ‘open goal’ for policy-makers, which anyone working in sport and development can contribute to.


Our aim is to work collectively to demonstrate to policy-makers the value of ring-fencing investment for sport for development programmes across Government departments, such as the £5million Youth Justice Sport Fund from the Ministry of Justice delivered by Coalition partners in 2023.

On and around 6th April we are calling on your organisation to showcase and share evidence of how your projects and programmes are supporting the #OpenGoal framework, so we can shine a national spotlight on the amazing work being carried out every day by the UK’s sport for development sector.

View promotional guidelines to help Coalition members support the #OpenGoal framework in the build-up to the 6th April.