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19 Oct 2021 | 11:11

The Coalition’s second ‘Town Hall’ session on Friday 5th November (1000-1130) will focus on the contribution that sport for development can make towards achieving Net Zero and how action to tackle the climate crisis can be accelerated across the sector.  

The first Town Hall in September saw Public Health England join more than 80 Coalition supporter organisations and guests online to discuss the implications of integrated care for the sector, and the opportunities and challenges of social prescribing.

Now, with the United Nations’ 26th global climate summit taking place in Glasgow in November, Coalition members will come together to discuss and set priorities around action that can be taken across the sport for development field to help tackle climate change, with a focus on the role which can be played by the thousands of community-level projects and programmes represented across the Coalition’s network.   

ABOUT THE TOWN HALLS 

Town Halls provide an opportunity for the organisations and networks who make up the Coalition to engage on important issues for sport for development, and drive its collective response to them. The online sessions take place once every two months and provide vital input to the Coalition’s collective action and policy advocacy, for example helping to inform its submission to the Government’s 2021 Comprehensive Spending Review.   

The format for the Town Hall sessions combine discussion on one ‘big issue’ with an ‘open forum’ component during which organisations can raise other pertinent issues affecting them.

BIG ISSUE: SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION 

The forthcoming session will see sector leaders from the Sport Positive Summit and Active Partnerships network share their reflections on enhancing climate action in and through sport for development. This will be followed by inputs by colleagues from across the Coalition network representing charities, foundations, VCSE organisations, networks, sporting and non-sports bodies.

The Town Hall will consider the relevance of the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework for sport for development and initiatives such as the Green Code, an environmental accreditation scheme born from the work of environmentalist Dale Vince, the owner of English League Two football club Forest Green Rovers. It will also share forthcoming opportunities for support and guidance such as Yorkshire Sport’s series of webinars.

Sport for development organisations play an important leadership, education and advocacy role in many communities, often supporting individuals outside formal education and civic engagement structures through place-based initiatives which are meaningful and sustainable. Can these assets across the sector be mobilised to support climate action? And if so, then how?

Ahead of the session, attendees across and beyond the Coalition’s network are being encouraged to share their green initiatives and good practice by tagging @SFDCoalition in their tweets, or emailing examples to [email protected].