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2 Jan 2023 | 15:15

The UK-based Sport for Development Coalition is inviting applications to join its new Working Group structure for the period April 2023 to March 2024. 

Working Groups enable Coalition members to help shape and define the network’s Collective Action, and for the year ahead three new 'Collectives' will be formed based on policy, impact, and public affairs and advocacy. A fourth Collective, based on workforce development or 'people', was formed in December and will follow the same format as the others.


In order to ensure these Collectives are most effective and true to their function, Working Group membership in 2023 will be limited to 10 people. Each of the Working Groups will then direct the work of the Collectives. However outside of the Working Groups, there will be plenty of other ways in which Coalition members can contribute to the Collective Action, which will be shared in the coming weeks. 

Applications to become a member of a Working Group will be open from Monday 20th February to Sunday 12th March. Application packs are available outlining the responsibilities and benefits of contributing to one of the Working Groups, with applicants expected to complete a short covering letter and return by email before the final deadline.


The Working Groups open to apply to are:

Not currently open for applications:

  • People Working Group (formed December 2022)

Access the application packs for more information on each Working Group and details on how to apply. Applications close on Sunday 12th March 2023.

Each of the Working Groups, and their associated Collectives, will focus throughout the year on the thematic areas and outcomes defined by the #OpenGoal framework, including cross-cutting issues such as equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and tackling inequalities, and environmental sustainability.


Amy Caterson joined the Coalition as Head of Impact & Engagement from Sport Wales in December. She said: "Following a review of the Working Groups which underpin the Coalition's Collective Action, and in consultation with our co-Chairs, we are looking forward to refreshing and recruiting the 'Collectives', and then implementing the next 12-month cycle of collaborative working for the network."

When recruiting to the Groups the Coalition is committed to, and recognises the value of, diverse governance and leadership. It is of critical importance that different lived experiences inputs into and leads the collective action of the network. The Coalition welcomes and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from people who are from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, and people from the LGBTQ+ community, as these groups are currently under-represented across the Coalition’s governance structures.

Applicants are also reminded that the work of the UK-based Sport for Development Coalition focuses on England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Read more about how to get involved in the Coalition's Collective Action.