How to get involved with the Coalition

There are numerous ways you can get involved with the Sport for Development Coalition, and contribute to the collective action which is governed and delivered by the network. Over a third of the organisations in the network are currently involved the Coalition Board, sub-committees, and steering groups. These structures make up the flat and inclusive governance structure of the network. 

1. Sign the Charter - join the Movement!

If your organisation intentionally uses sport and physical activity to generate positive social outcomes, then you can sign up to the Coalition’s Charter which can be accessed here. When you sign up to the Charter, you are joining the movement of organisations who endorse and adopt the Charter’s set of principles and values, ranging from actively demonstrating or advocating the use of sport and physical activity to drive positive social outcomes, to being open to working in collaboration and sharing evidence of what does and does not work. You will actively and positively contribute to, and engage with, the Coalition network; commit to building a diverse workforce, target audience or series of delivery partners, and help to deliver a common language and wider understanding of sport for development. Sign the Charter

2. Commit to collective action - complete the Expression of Interest Process

Throughout the year, the Coalition holds a series of events and meetings to encourage and sustain collective action. All decisions and actions are formally noted and acted upon. To participate and contribute, look out for the Collective Action Expression of Interest (EOI) Process which is relaunched each year to ensure the Coalition’s Working Groups are geographically and thematically diverse in nature and reflect the Coalition’s commitment to diverse and inclusive governance and leadership.

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.

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Through the EOI Process, you can sign up for:

3. Induction sessions – these hour-long meetings are held every second month, and are open to anyone interested in the work of the Coalition, but especially those organisations that have signed, or intend to sign, up to the Charter. They provide an opportunity to meet the Coalition’s back-end support team and other members, and for newcomers to ask any questions or raise any issues they may be facing which could be resolved or supported through collective action.

4. Town Halls – these sessions provide informal opportunities for a cross-section of the organisations and networks who make up the Coalition to engage on important issues for sport for development, drive its collective response to them, and provide vital input to the Coalition’s collective policy advocacy. They are usually hybrid events taking place in towns and cities around the UK, meaning you can attend in-person or online. Recent themes have included sport and criminal justice, developing the sport for development workforce, and sport for development's role in tackling the climate crisis. Watch the videos and read more here.

5. Working or advisory groups – network members are invited to join and contribute to these groups which focus on specific outputs of the Coalition, such as influencing policy; creating fit-for-purpose shared communications and messaging; shared measurement and impact data; plus equality, diversity and inclusion mainstreamed across all of the Coalition’s workstreams. 

  • Policy Advisory Group
  • Communications Working Group 
  • Impact Working Group and Shared Measurement Initiative 
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group 

6. Policy briefs and round-tables – working groups are also convened to collaborate on sport for development’s contribution to specific policy priorities, such as mental health and wellbeing; education and employability; reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, and building stronger communities and social cohesion. Collated quantitative and qualitative data from across the sector helps to inform policy briefs which explain and demonstrate how sport for development contributes to national priorities, such as the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda and building back better from the Covid-19 pandemic. These policy briefs are informed and supported by round-tables with key stakeholders including sector leaders, academics and policy-makers. Link to briefs coming soon.

7. Events – other events have included our CEO Forum in November 2021 which brought more than 100 sector leaders and executives, and the Minister of Sport and Civil Society, to a ‘hybrid’ online and in-person event; our End-of-Year Forum which in 2020 welcomed the BBC Sports Editor as a guest presenter; and our 2019 annual event at the headquarters of Twitter UK. In 2022 we plan to go ‘on the road’ around the UK, so watch this space! 

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8. Annual survey – every year the Coalition launches a survey of its members. It is important that the Coalition can provide evidence of its value and effectiveness to funding partners and policy-makers, so your support is appreciated. Our 2021 survey said: 

  • 92% of supporter organisations agree the Coalition adds value to the sport for development movement through co-ordinating collective policy advocacy.
  • 87% of supporter organisations agree the Coalition adds value to the sport for development movement through facilitating collective action on monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • 85% of supporter organisations agree the Coalition is a credible representative of the sport for development movement.  

Link to our 2022 survey will appear here.

9. Spread the word! Media and communications – Coalition members also regularly support and contribute to its strategic communications, advocacy and campaigns throughout the year. Whether that’s contributing to, and featuring in, the monthly publication ‘Spotlight on the Movement’ (sign up to receive it here) or by sharing content published by our social media platforms (follow us at @SFDCoalition on TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram, and use the hashtag #SportForDevelopmentCoalition). Members are also encouraged to tag us on social media, or provide assets in advance, so your content and campaigns can be shared by Coalition accounts. We also work with organisations across the network when national media opportunities arise, showcasing your work and your contribution to the collective action of the Coalition. 

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