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2 Apr 2023 | 14:14

To mark the first anniversary of the #OpenGoal framework, the Sport for Development Coalition has published its first annual report.

The 20-page report provides an overview of the last year for the Coalition, which comprises almost 400 charities, organisations and networks across the UK using sport and physical activity to address health and societal inequalities. The Coalition is supported by Sport England, Comic Relief and Laureus Sport for Good.

In particular, the report highlights the collective impact that Coalition members are making towards a series of positive outcomes including:

  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Closing the gap in education and development
  • Increased employability and skills
  • Reduced crime and anti-social behaviour 
  • Stronger communities and social cohesion

The annual report looks back at the publication of the Coalition's first research report and policy brief 'Moving for Mental Health', and at the second 'Active for Employment', while providing an overview of the recent Youth Justice Sport Fund, led by StreetGames and the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice. Active Humber CEO David Gent also explains the vital role of sport for development in tackling climate change.

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There's also details on how charities and organisations using sport for development can get involved in the 'Collective Action' of the Coalition, by signing up to its Charter and joining the Movement.

Simon Lansley, Head of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, said: "We are delighted to publish the Coalition's first annual report which summarises the collective action of Coalition members over the last year.

"We'll be showcasing and sharing the report on the UN's International Day of Sport for Development & Peace on April 6th, as well as at an event in Parliament later in the month. We're keen for more organisations using sport for development to join the Movement and look forward to producing further editions over years to come, as the impact of the Coalition grows across the UK."

Read the first #OpenGoal annual report here.