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UK Sport International 15 August 2012
Fireworks may have marked the end of the London 2012 Olympics, but the legacy of the games goes worldwide, as UK Sport celebrates the impact that a proportion of the agency’s funding continues to have in promoting sport to thousands overseas.
This investment goes into International Development programmes, to assist national governments in integrating school sports into their daily agenda, as well as helping community grassroots NGOs use their expertise to help children and young people gain tangible life skills, which will help them to succeed both on and off the field of play.
UK Sport invests in leadership development so that youth are equipped with knowledge and skills that future employers look for. They also learn how to develop their own capacity through sport, which engages learners to think about how they conduct themselves, through discipline and the communication skills they acquire through physical play. On a practical level they learn how to organise and coordinate activities, through training initiatives developed and delivered, often by their peers, in their own communities.
In partnership with universities and national governments in Ghana and Tanzania and international charity partner International Development through Sport (IDS), UK Sport supports the Beckwith International Leadership Development (BILD) programme, which is designed to help young people to recognize and express their innate leadership ability and strengthen their existing skill set through sports-based training integrated into the curricula or activities of schools, sports clubs and local community groups.
Derrick Charway, National Coordinator for BILD in Ghana, got involved whilst studying at the University of Ghana. Although the programme was very new, he saw BILD as a way to combine his passion for sport with his ambition to gain valuable hands on experience to further his career. The result: he is now employed in a national leadership position as the BILD National Coordinator for Ghana.
“I had no work experience after school and BILD has given me top level skills which prepared me very well for the position of National Coordinator,” he said.
“I have seen my own potential through sport,” said Derrick, who also believes that BILD is having a greater impact on his community as a result of the capability he has gained from his leadership training. “BILD has answered many questions I had not been able to answer about my own neighbourhood, and made me see how sport can answer these problems.”
“We have wonderful teachers coming out of the BILD programme and I feel like this is now my responsibility, to have social awareness and open my eyes to what is good. What the programme teaches is very positive.”
For more information about UK Sport’s work overseas, please contact UK Sport International on +44 (0)20 7211 5100 or email email@example.com.