How we work
UK Sport’s International Development Work focuses on the following areas:
1. Influence agenda and policy setting
We work with supranational, national and regional agencies to promote and influence sport and PE agendas and policies in the countries in which we work
2. Supporting system development
Support and capacity build with sport bodies, institutions and organisations to develop systems to deliver quality community sport, PE and other development programmes
3. Using sport to enhance the quality of life for young people
Work with sports focused grass roots organisations to use sport to engage and empower youth about:
- Life skills, youth development and leadership education
- HIV/AIDS education and awareness
- Health and hygiene
- Gender and disability barriers
4. Contributing towards a knowledge economy
Through the exchange and linking of various actors to share knowledge and promote debate on sport, PE and community sport issues.
Our International Development work is delivered through a number of discrete programmes and projects:
Inspired by the promise made by Lord Coe on behalf of the London 2012 bid team to “reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of the Games so they are inspired to choose sport”. The programme aims to enrich the lives of 12 million children and young people – particularly in developing countries – through the power of high-quality physical education, sport and play. It is managed through the International Inspiration charity and delivered in partnership with British Council and UNICEF in 20 countries around the world.
International Development Partnerships
Through our International Development programme, we aim to develop a small number of long-term strategic partners, with UK based and international NGOs to further the use of sport as a tool for human and social development, primarily (though not exclusively) in the sub-Saharan region. These partnerships are based around these priority areas:
- Coach education, training and deployment
- Youth development and leadership
- Organisational capacity building
- Disability sport
- Advocacy and awareness raising
International Development of Sport Partnerships
Partnering with national and international bodies and federations to help foster closer relationships with the international sporting community and to ensure we maintain a strategic focus on sports development. This strand includes the following three key areas of partnership work:
- Partnerships with International Sports Federations and UK National Governing Bodies
- Partnerships with southern Sports Federations and National Sports Bodies
- Three-way partnerships between UK Sport, a southern community and a UK Higher Education Institute, to develop sports through fostering leadership via the IDEALS programme.
International Development Expertise
UK Sport’s International Development team made up of UK Sport staff and highly experienced international consultants work in a delivery, support or exchange capacity to support the strategic development, sport education and coach development programmes in international agencies. The team has vast experience across the sporting landscape and in different geographic locations and contexts.
IN is an independent UK registered charity, which harnesses the power of sport to transform the lives of some of the poorest children and young people in the world by giving them the chance to play sport, develop their skills and confidence and live healthier, happier and safer lives. Through a Contract for Services, UK Sport works closely in partnership with IN to plan and deliver programmes internationally using sport as a development tool.
Creating credible evidence bases for the use of sport as a tool for human and social development, raising awareness, and sharing best practice. It works through the following methods:
- Examining best practice in developing countries
- Conference and Workshop hosting including key sport for development conferences including the Commonwealth Sports Development Conference and the Next Step Conference
- Research and Publications