Beyond Sport is delighted to announce the Official Shortlist for the Beyond Sport Awards 2015, supported by Comic Relief.
Selected from over 350 entries reaching 60 different countries, the shortlist represents the standout and unique work being done by organisations across the globe, from figure skating in Harlem to get young girls interested in STEM education, capoeira as a way to rehabilitate displaced young people in the Middle East to socially conscious gym classes as a way to support isolated older people in the disadvantaged communities across the UK.
The 36 nominated initiatives will be invited to the Beyond Sport Summit 2015, with their travel and accommodation provided, where the winners will be announced at the prestigious Awards Ceremony on the second day of the event.
Two new categories have also been introduced this year. Highlighting Beyond Sport’s long-time Global Partner’s focus on supporting financial literacy and employment, the Barclays Sport for Employability Award isrecognising best practices of using sport to tackle issues of unemployment in the communities around the world. Building on the work that started in 2010 with Spirit of Soccer and CEOP and continued with the launch of the Child Safeguard Standards at the Beyond Sport Summit 2014 in Johannesburg, the UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport Award is celebrating organisations that have taken steps to make sport safer for children.
Taking place in London from Monday 19th October to Wednesday 21st October, the seventh annual Beyond Sport Summit will bring together the world of sport, business, government and community development with a powerful and timely theme: Beyond The Divide, which addresses how sport can be used to reduce ignorance, discrimination and exclusion.
The Beyond Sport Awards promote, support and reward the best projects across the globe that are using sport for positive social change. Since 2009, Beyond Sport has awarded over $4million worth of business support and funding has been made available to over 150 winning projects for their innovations and impact through sport.
The shortlisted entries from each category receive a bespoke business support package with opportunities for business mentoring and become members of an influential group of social entrepreneurs in the sporting and financial sphere.
The winners of six of the categories addressing social issues including health, social inclusion, education, new project, and conflict resolution receive funding from the Beyond Sport Foundation, courtesy of Comic Relief.
In addition to recognising winners from each of the categories, the Beyond Sport Awards celebrate pioneering and standout initiatives and individuals through special Judges’ Awards, which are announced during the ceremony. Previous years have seen the likes of Kofi Annan, Didier Drogba and Dikembe Mutombo receive a prestigious Beyond Sport Judges’ Award.
Beyond Sport's Global Partners are Barclays, TIME and UNICEF. For more information and to book your place at the Beyond Sport Awards Ceremony and the entire Summit 2015, visit www.beyondsport.org
The Beyond Sport Awards 2015 Shortlist:
Best New Project
Football for Life: Tacloban – FundLife International (Philippines)
Hijabs and Hat-tricks – Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) (Ireland)
Leigh Park Project – Big World Impact (UK)
Sport for Social Inclusion Award
Breaking the Silence Using Football – Horn of Africa Development Initiative (Kenya)
Programa Fútbol Más – Fútbol Más (Pan South America)
Sport for Inclusive Development – Cheshire Foundation Action for Inclusion (CF-AI) (Ethiopia)
We Own Our Future – El Desafio Foundation (Argentina)
Sport for Conflict Resolution Award
Capoeira4Refugees (Syria, Palestine, Jordan)
Fight for Peace – Fight for Peace International (Global)
Sport in the Service of Peace – The Peres Center for Peace (Israel)
Youth Leadership Development Project – Centre des Jeunes pour la Paix (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Sport for Health Award
Football for Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (F4WASH) – CREATA (Centre for Regeneration and Empowerment of Africa Through Africa) (Kenya)
The Big Issue's Community Street Soccer Program – The Big Issue in Australia (Australia)
Waves for Change – Isiqalo Foundation (South Africa)
Sport for Education Award
ICE: I Can Excel afterschool program and Summer Dreams Camp – Figure Skating in Harlem (USA)
Memphis Inner City Rugby (USA)
SEED Project (Senegal)
Barclays Sport for Employability Award
A Ganar – Partners of Americas (Pan Latin America and the Caribbean)
HITZ – Premiership Rugby (UK)
Ocean Academy- Sport Tourism with Purpose (Belize)
Street League (UK)
UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport Award
Caribbean Sport and Development Agency (CSDA) (Trinidad & Tobago)
Coaches Across Continents (USA)
Moving The Goalposts Kilifi (Kenya)
Sport Team of the Year
Chicago Fire Soccer Club (USA)
San Francisco 49ers (USA)
Saracens Rugby Club (UK)
SV Werder Bremen (Germany)
Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year
Fiji Volleyball Federation (Fiji)
International Tennis Federation (Global)
National Hockey League (NHL) (USA)
National Rugby League (NRL) (Australia)
Corporate of the Year, supported by Fortune
BT Sport (UK & Global)
New Balance (UK)