Beyond Sport the stage for groundbreaking child protection

7th December 2011

Beyond Sport, SportAccord, Spirit of Soccer, streetfootballworld and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) have come together to take a huge step forward in addressing child protection all around the world, with the Beyond Sport Summit the venue for the launch of a range of dramatic measures each organisation will take to tackle the exploitation of children around the globe.

Beyond Sport will be adding a new child protection pledge to the entry process for the Beyond Sport Awards in 2012, ensuring that any entrants to the process will either have or must implement a child protection process. During this year’s Summit, a workshop and discussion roundtable will drive interest and activity around the child protection pledge, with the measures highlighted in a dedicated Beyond Sport Effect area throughout the event.

SportAccord, the Lausanne-based umbrella organisation of international sports federations and sports related organisations, will support the process through its strategic alliance with Beyond Sport, ensuring that child protection becomes an integral part of any sporting activity from grassroots to elite level. The influential organisation will promote the pledge to its 105 members, which include 90 international federations.

Other measures taken by the organisations committing to the pledge include streetfootballworld providing training in child protection through an online webinar, offering guidance and support in the development of child protection policies, with Spirit of Soccer and CEOP also playing crucial roles in the implementation of the pledge.

Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: “As an organisation that promotes sport as a tool for social development, we are incredibly proud to have contributed to such a groundbreaking pledge that has the potential to dramatically change the way children are protected throughout global sport.”

The Summit, the largest and most influential global gathering in the field of sport and development, is being staged in Africa for the first time, with Cape Town following in the footsteps of London and Chicago as the venue for the unique event from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th December.

Beyond Sport is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. Its global partners are Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME Inc and UNICEF.