Beyond Sport, the global organisation that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport as a tool for positive change across the world, has unveiled the official shortlist for the summit that will take place in July.
We have been nominated in the ‘Sport Team of the Year’ category alongside NBA giants Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies, the North Queensland Rubies from Australia’s Remote and Indigenous Hockey development programme, and fellow Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers.
To be nominated in this category, candidates had to display going beyond addressing increased participation levels and focusing on major issues occurring within their communities.
Nominees also had to show the full scope of their ‘sport-for-development’ work and a strong connection with the community.
The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has employability at its core, delivering a ‘cradle to career’ approach as its driving ethos.
Since being granted independent charitable status at No.10 Downing Street in early 2007, the Foundation has created 1.5 million sporting opportunities for people in the Club’s local community.
At present, 48% of the Foundation’s coaching workforce have previously been participants on community programmes that have changed the lives of so many.
These innovative programmes engage young people from classrooms in local Primary and Secondary schools through to Further and Higher Education and leading on to employment.
In doing so, the Foundation reaches some of society’s most hard-to-reach young people, such as Children in Care and those classified as ‘NEET’ (Not in Education, Employment or Training) after leaving compulsory education.
The Foundation gives these young people the skills needed to gain future employment through:
- running intervention programmes aimed at school children with the lowest self-esteem and attainment levels
- giving over 6,000 children the chance to study at White Hart Lane’s Spurs Learning Zone
- teaching school children how to run a business using the model of a professional football club through the Enterprise Academy
- giving budding footballers classified as ‘NEET’ the opportunity to study BTEC and NVQ qualifications while receiving Academy-standard coaching at college, through the Sports Industry Award-nominated Football & Education Development Centre programme
- working with local authorities to signpost young people in care or care leavers to the E18HTEEN project, where they are given an individually tailored learning and development programme with Jermain Defoe acting as a positive role model
- becoming the first ever professional football club to offer a Degree course in partnership with a University.
In total, 30 projects from nearly 40 different countries representing more than 20 different sports have been shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Awards, chosen from a total of 322 entries from 135 countries.
By reaching this stage of the judging process, each project has secured an invitation to attend the fourth annual Beyond Sport Summit, taking place from July 23rd to 25th in London. Throughout the Summit, the shortlisted projects will have the opportunity to interact with Beyond Sport's extensive network of corporate business, government, philanthropy, international aid organisations and sporting federations, all with the ability to significantly impact the reach and capabilities of the sport and development movement.
The Beyond Sport Award winners, to be selected by the panel of Beyond Sport Ambassadors, will then receive a substantial package of business support to help them grow and become sustainable in the future.
Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, commented: “The Beyond Sport Awards unearth leaders using sport as a tool for positive change and provide them with the resources, platform, contacts and opportunities to turbo-charge their growth and impact. We are delighted to reveal this year’s shortlist, which comes after many hours of deliberation from more than 25 experts in their field. To be chosen from more than 300 entries for a place on this shortlist represents a fantastic achievement on the part of all these projects.”