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24 May 2022 | 16:16

The Sport for Development Coalition is holding a series of drop-in sessions throughout June to help build the evidence base around the second outcome area of its ‘Open Goal’ framework focusing on the contribution of sport to increasing employability and skills. 

Open Goal is aimed at showcasing how sport and physical activity can help to build a fairer, more equitable and sustainable future, and will demonstrate how the Coalition's 230-plus members specifically support a series of positive health and societal outcomes such as reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, improving health and wellbeing, and building stronger communities and social cohesion in the wake of Covid-19.

Click here to register at a drop-in session. 

As a part of this campaign the Coalition is seeking to build the evidence base within each of the identified health and societal outcome areas. This started in January with the 'Moving for mental health' report which sought to build the evidence base and identify clear policy recommendations on how of sport, sport for development and physical activity can contribute to improving health and mental wellbeing. 

Now the Coalition has commissioned the University of Bath to conduct research which will assess and strengthen the sector’s contribution in response to the employment challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The drop-in sessions will share and sense check the headline findings so far and outline how to contribute to the research via a one-page online survey. 

The weekly drop-in sessions will run on the following dates: 

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Research and survey: More information

The University of Bath and the Sport for Development Coalition is working with partners in the employment and skills development fields to assess and strengthen the contribution that sport and physical activity can make in response to the employment challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The research will underpin a policy report and brief which will set out evidence-based recommendations for future policy and practice on enhancing employment and skills development outcomes. Overall completing the survey means you are supporting the Coalition to advocate policy change. 

We are asking organisations who work in skills development and/or employment fields to complete short online survey so we can record your perceptions, knowledge and experiences in relation to youth employability and skills development, and the work your organisation performs. The survey is one page and estimated to take less than five minutes to complete, there are no right or wrong responses.  

Please complete the survey via this link.

Deadline for the survey is Monday 27th June.