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17 Jan 2022 | 14:14

Danny Kruger MP, who led the Government-commissioned review of civil society in 2020, will contribute to the Spotlight on 2022 Forum as the Sport for Development Coalition reviews how its ‘collective action’ can contribute to national efforts to recover from Covid-19, level up communities, and tackle health and societal inequalities. 

The annual forum, which takes place on Friday 28th January (1000-1130), will provide an opportunity to reflect on progress over the last 12 months, and set the Coalition’s priorities for 2022, as well as enhancing connectivity across the ‘movement’. It follows the launch this month of the Coalition’s ‘Moving for mental health’ report, created in partnership with Mind, to which more than 70 organisations submitted evidence.


Danny Kruger, who is Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, will address the core objectives of ‘building back better’ and ‘levelling up’ to improve livelihoods and level up opportunities across all parts of the UK, and consider the role of civil society in delivering them. He led the Government-commissioned review of civil society in 2020, which called for “a new social covenant” between all parts of civil society, including the Government, local councils, charities and business.

The forum will open with a panel of key speakers including Catherine Anderson, Executive Director of London Marathon Charitable Trust; Dr William Bird, CEO of Intelligent Health, and Bradley Pritchard, founder of Sporting Way CIC and former professional footballer. The panel will lead a discussion on the importance of collective action in addressing the most pressing health and societal inequalities, and how sport for development can achieve scaled impact in order to tackle these challenges over the coming years.

Spotlight on 2022: View list of key speakers



Spotlight on 2022 will also bring together contributors to the Coalition’s groups and activities, including its Policy Working Group which focuses on how member organisations can work collectively to create an enabling policy environment where more policy-holders and decision-makers understand and appreciate the multiple returns on investment and significant cost savings which can be achieved by ring-fencing existing funds for well-designed sport-based interventions. Representatives from the Coalition's impact and communications working groups will provide insight and updates on their collective action, and highlight how to get involved in the collective action. 

More than one third of the Coalition’s 200-plus member organisations are currently actively involved in its governance through participation or support for its Board, sub-committees, and working or advisory groups. The Coalition is a growing network of more than 200 VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) groups, networks and sports bodies over-arching thousands of projects and programmes intentionally using sport to generate positive social outcomes across the UK. Find out how your organisation can get involved with the Sport for Development Coalition here.


The annual forum is open to multiple representatives from organisations and would be enhanced by people with different roles and responsibilities in the sector taking part.

Last year’s annual Spotlight forum saw more than 130 organisations and individuals tune in and welcome BBC sports editor Dan Roan and Sky News correspondent Martha Kelner amongst other presenters.

Register for the 'Spotlight on 2022' Annual Forum.

Access the Forum agenda.