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4 Jun 2021 | 16:16

The Sport for Development Coalition will contribute to the World Health Organisation’s ‘ReINVENT and ReBUILD’ webinar series on Thursday 17th June. 

Ollie Dudfield, Executive Director for the Coalition, will help to lead one of eight webinars in the series, which is subtitled ‘Working together for a stronger and fairer physical activity and sport system for all’. 

The webinar will discuss what actions are needed for civil society organisations to strengthen and scale the provision of sport and physical activity opportunities to achieve greater health and social impact. It will consider how to strengthen the sector given its heterogenous nature, vulnerability to funding and evolving policy developments. 

‘Hidden in plain sight: Realising the full potential of civil society’ will take place on Thursday 17th June (1400-1530 BST). Book your place here. 

WHO webinar

The webinar will be overseen by Fiona Bull, Head of the Physical Activity Unit at WHO, and appearing alongside her and Ollie will be Adam Fraser, CEO of Laureus Sport for Good; Rita Larok, Chief of Party for the AVSI (Association of Volunteers in International Service) Foundation; and Michael McWhinney, Manager for the Indigenous Sports Unit at Sport Canada. 

The pandemic has increased global awareness of physical activity’s importance for mental and physical health, yet it has also revealed and accelerated widening inequities. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says now is the time to use Covid-19 as a catalyst for change and reinvent a stronger and fairer physical activity and sport system for all. Through a series of eight webinars, featuring panellists from the physical activity and sport system, it will explore different approaches to achieving this goal. Each webinar will also feature a question and answer session. 

The webinars continue the conversation started in April 2021, during a webinar to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Click here to watch the webinar, and read a blog from Fiona Bull, written for the Coalition.