NFA Galz & Goals empowers Namibian girls in combating HIV : International Platform on Sport and Development

NFA Galz & Goals empowers Namibian girls in combating HIV : International Platform on Sport and Development.

NFA Galz & Goals is a partnership between the Namibia Football Association and UNICEF that uses football to promote healthy living.

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2013 World Press Photo Awards Announced – LightBox

2013 World Press Photo Awards Announced – LightBox.

1st Prize Sports – Sports Action Single. Wei Seng Chen, Malaysia. 12 February 2012, Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia. A jockey, his feet stepped into a harness strapped to the bulls and clutching their tails, shows relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields. The Pacu Jawi (bull race) is a popular competition at the end of harvest season keenly contested between villages.

This shocking report is no shock — there have been ample warnings of potential threat (The Weekend Australian, 9 Feb 2013, Page35)

This shocking report is no shock — there have been ample warnings of potential threat
The Weekend Australian
9 Feb 2013

IT was like Captain Renault’s raid on Rick’s in Casablanca. Everyone at the launch of the Australian Crime Commission’s sport report was shocked — shocked! — to find gambling/doping/organised crime/disorganised sleaze going on under their noses….read more…

ICC Europe ‘Street 20’ initiative aims to increase participation in urban communities across Europe

International Cricket Council – ICC Europe – News.

Cricket is set to play a major part in giving disadvantaged young people across mainland Europe the chance to better their lives and increase participation, thanks to a new initiative between ICC Europe and Cricket for Change.

‘Street 20 Europe’ – being launched in London this week – is based on the popular Twenty20 format of the game and will help to increase cricket participation to non-traditional groups in countries where the game is still developing. As a clear strategic goal of the ICC, this modified version of cricket is a great step forward to enable more people to play the game.

It is believed that the project which also centres around social inclusion will break down racial, religious, social and economic barriers by introducing cricket to inner-city communities.

Representatives of six ICC Europe members – Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain – will take part in a three-day ‘Street 20’ training course hosted by ICC Europe and Cricket for Change. 

Nick Pink, Regional Development Manager for ICC Europe, says: “Sport has the power to change lives, and our aim with the ‘Street 20’ project is to take cricket to disadvantaged communities which may never have experienced the game before, and give young people the opportunity to better themselves by taking part in a positive activity that promotes good teamwork. 

“Our training programme taking place at Cricket for Change will equip ‘Street 20’ leaders from six ICC Europe member countries with the skills and the tools they need to deliver this exciting project – and help to increase participation in this great game throughout the continent where the game is still developing.”

‘Street 20’ is a mixed-gender programme which will ultimately look to establish and develop cricket leagues and competitions which are open to all sections of the community in participating countries.

Cricket for Change and ICC Europe have jointly developed and will deliver the structured, activity-based training programme which promotes togetherness and teamwork while focusing on practical ways to put the ‘Street 20’ project into action.

Andy Sellins, CEO of Cricket for Change, says: “We have run similar Street 20 development programmes in Israel and Palestine, Jamaica and Afghanistan and they have been very successful in bringing together young people from different ethnic, religious and social and economic backgrounds to work positively together.”