International Partnerships Programme
UK Sport works with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to ensure they play an influential and supportive role in international sport.
The International Partnerships Programme (IPP) extends the support we provide to NGBs through their International Relations Investment Strategies by helping them build closer strategic relations with their governing bodies and targeted national federations around the world through collaborative partnerships.
UK Sport has long-standing experience of engaging in sport projects, exchanges and relationships with national sport agencies, governments and relevant bodies worldwide. NGBs can therefore access specialist support from UK Sport in designing and delivering bespoke initiatives that will help them enhance their relationships with national, continental and international federations, whilst contributing to the development of their sport globally. Projects vary considerably and include our International Legacy initiatives.
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Some examples of this work include:
International Disability Gymnastics Development
In June 2014, in partnership with UK Sport and in consultation with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), British Gymnastics (BG) led the hosting and delivery of a Symposium on Disability Gymnastics which was attended by 10 countries. The following February, BG undertook an education training programme with the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) benefitting 209 coaches, teachers and tutors.
The enhanced capacity of the SAGF has resulted in the development of a comprehensive disability gymnastics programme in South Africa. As a result of this project, FIG has made several commitments to the future of Disability Gymnastics on a global scale. In the meantime, BG’s support has enhanced its reputation amongst other national federations and further strengthened the relationship between BG and FIG.
Making Boccia Accessible (MBA)
As a result of the relationship between GB Boccia and the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed), the ‘Making Boccia Accessible’ project, supported by the IPC’s AGITOS Foundation and UK Sport, was initiated in 2013. The project aims to promote boccia in parts of the world where the game is underdeveloped or not played at all, helping to ensure greater universality of the sport and its future in the Paralympic programme.
BISFed has sourced over 400 sets of boccia balls and will distribute them free to 20 countries around the world, with the aim of introducing boccia to 10,000 new players. With UK Sport’s support, BISFed will identify and train ‘Boccia Ambassadors,’ from NPCs, schools and community groups in each country, who will train other ‘Ambassadors’ to teach disabled young people to play boccia. BISFed launched the project in Johannesburg in March 2015, when Boccia Ambassadors from seven African countries attended a training workshop.