Best New Project success for Dance for Change

The Change Foundation are delighted to announce that its newest programme, Dance for Change, was voted as ‘Best New Project’ at the 2014 Beyond Sport Summit Awards.

Best New Project, Dance for Change, Andy Dalby-Welsh – Director of Operations & Partnerships, Navjeet Sira, The Change Foundation and Olly Dawson, Sport Relief collect the award from Graeme Smith Carol Tshabalala during day 4 of the Beyond Sport Summit 2014 at Vodacom World on October 30, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

This year’s Awards made up part of the annual Beyond Sport Summit, which took place across various venues in Johannesburg from 28th to 30th October. Themed around youth leadership, this year’s Summit and Awards showcased leading sport-for-social change programmes and how they can make a positive social impact across the city by inspiring the youth to become leaders amongst their communities.

Supported by Sport Relief, the Beyond Sport Awards celebrate and reward the best projects from around the world that use sport to bring about positive social change. Cricket superstar Graeme Smith and SuperSport presenter Carol Tshabalala presented the award for Best New Project to Dance4Change from The Change Foundation, which uses dance to inspire young people to work together and address the challenges they themselves face in their day-to-day lives.

Over 350 projects were entered into this year’s awards from over 70 countries around the world. The winners of all the Beyond Sport Awards, will receive global recognition, a package of substantial business and strategic support, and exclusive access to partnership and media opportunities.

Nick Keller, Founder of Beyond Sport said “All our shortlist represent the very best in leadership both in society and their own communities. Amongst all the remarkable work, the winners have demonstrated innovation and impact at an exceptional level and are an inspiration to all; we hope winning today further strengthens the incredible work they have already achieved”.

The Change Foundation is very humbled to have won in a category that contained the following fantastic projects:

  • eHoops – Sport Changes Life, Northern Ireland
  • Kick Out Corruption – L.A.C.E.S., Liberia
  • The PLAY for Sport Development Project – MLSE Foundation and Right to Play Canada, Canada

Other winners include from the Summit also included:
Corporate of the Year went – Chevrolet’s Coaches Across Continents
Sport for Social Inclusion supported by Barclays- Darfur United Soccer Academy
UNICEF Sport for Education Award – Ocean Academy
Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year – Premiership Rugby
Sport for Health – Girls Empowerment Project
Sport for the Environment – Waste Management Phoenix
Sport for Conflict Resolution – Sport4Youth and Peace
Charlton Athletic Community Trust – Sports Team of the Year