News from the Peace and Sport Awards winners

  • Skateistan – Winner NGO 2009 and Image of the Year 2011

Since winning the NGO of the Year Award in 2009, Skateistan has grown considerably, from a grassroots project in the streets of Kabul to an international NGO operating three project sites in Afghanistan and Cambodia. The NGO, which uses skateboarding to link youth with education and leadership opportunities, has worked with over 2500 children since 2007 including 50% streetworking youth and over 40% girls. In May 2013, Skateistan officially opened its newest project in Mazar-e-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan, which will be able to work with up to 1000 children each week. The NGO's vision is to grow a sustainable organization that is recognized locally & globally for changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people through skateboarding and quality programs – creating leaders that change the world.





  • Bhubesi Pride – Nominee NGO 2012

Last year, Bhubesi Pride was shortlisted for `NGO of the year` at the Peace and Sport Awards in Sochi, Russia.

Bhubesi Pride is a charitable organization that seeks to use rugby as a tool for development in 10 African countries. Teams of coaches work in-country during annual 5-month expeditions on the continent. In 2013 they coached 2,763 boys and girls in 29 schools and empowered 105 local staff to become rugby coaches.

Find out more and watch their excellent project videos at



  • International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) – Winner Sport Federation of the year 2012

The Balkan Ice Hockey Festival held from 23-26 August 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria, is a true celebration of ice hockey, with all the Balkan nations coming together for a unique once-a-year event. Players from all the participating nations will be mixed together into eight teams and take part in three different events during the Festival: full ice games, cross-ice games and IIHF Skills Challenge. The combined results of all these events will be used to determine the final scores.

The festival will be used as a build-up to the Balkans Peace and Sport Ice Hockey Day on the 2nd November 2013. The Ice Hockey Day will focus on the recruitment of players in the Balkan region and celebrate the winning of the 2012 Peace and Sport Award.





  • Barclays "Space for Sport" sponsorship programme



"Spaces for Sport" sponsorship program aims to revitalize sites in disadvantaged communities in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain, the United States and Zambia.



li Barclays provides tennis treats for the young

Barclays Spaces for Sports is continuing to support youngsters from all over the country and has recently been giving them the opportunity to get more involved in tennis, as well as dishing out a few special prizes along the way.
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li Longmead secures its sporting future with Barclays

Local sport in Epsom has been given a major boost following the news that a popular multi use games area is to receive a large cash injection. Barclays Spaces for Sports (BS4S) has awarded a grant worth £15,000, to help ensure the sporting site has a bright future ahead.

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li Southern Nationals hit ‘home’ run

Northbrook recreational ground in Harlow is now the home of British champions after the Southern Nationals were crowned the 2011 Champions of British baseball in their debut season.
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  • ITTF Sport Social Responsibility programmes


logo_ittfThe Sports’ Social Responsibility Map brings together all the social responsibility programmes and policies of ITTF throughout the world.
The aim of the map is to showcase initiatives, share knowledge, inspire and learn about sport’s contribution to child and youth development, the environment, gender, health, persons with disabilities, peace and the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The map




  • Fundacion Arcangeles to organize the 2011 Bogota IWRF Wheelchair Rugby Americas Zone Championship


Former Best Peace and Sports Event of the Year laureate, Arcángeles, is organizing the 2011 Bogota IWRF Wheelchair Rugby Americas Zone Championship.


Canada, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina’s quadrugby teams will come together to play for a place at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. This championship will take place in Bogota from September 21 to 24.



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  • Registration for the 2011 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth are now open




Each fall since 2001, the Global Peace Games for Children and Youth have been organized around the world to build a grassroot involvement and educational initiative dedicated to peace, non-violence and human development.  The Games are locally organized events that globally connect children and youth through their signing of the UNESCO Manifesto for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence, created by Nobel Peace Laureates, and the reading of special messages sent to each site from the UNITED NATIONS, FIFA, PEACE and SPORT. 


The Games encourage participants to find peaceful solutions in their daily lives and communities, to share the positive values and skills they learn on the playing field through sport, and to become involved in the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  By organizing the Games locally and connecting them globally, children and youth expand their vision, build awareness and participation with others outside of their own communities.  The Games aim to celebrate the central role, solidarity and commitment of young people -wherever they are-in the mission of global friendship, peace and development.

Registration and participation in the Games is free.  Participants plan and organize their own low cost, friendly sporting events of any kind -and add educational presentations, music, art, dance or poetry.  The full Invitation and Instruction with the registration form as well as the Report on last year's 2010 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth and the Certificate of Participation are available on PLAY SOCCER Nonprofit International website :


The event should be organized in the fall, any time up to December for local convenience, or if possible, on or around the UN International Day of Peace which is September 21.  All registered participants will have the opportunity to sign the UNESCO Manifesto, and will electronically receive the special messages to read at the event to highlight their participation in this global event.   A Certificate of Participation and the Report on the 2011 Global Peace Games for Children and Youth will be electronically sent to all participants at the end of the year.


PLAY SOCCER Nonprofit International (PSNI) organizes the Games at the international level and is available to answer questions at  

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  • IndoPak Express Launches Unique Team Merchandise


Percentage of proceeds in aid of charity


Chennai, January 3rd, 2010: World No.8 and ATP Humanitarians of the Year, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq-Qureshi launched their official 'Stop War Start Tennis' merchandise. The duo, who is seeded second at the Aircel Chennai Open, introduced the brand and a newly designed logo at the SDAT Tennis Stadium today at a pre-tournament press conference.


The 'IndoPak Express', as they are popularly known, bagged headlines across the globe with their strong and unique message at last year's Wimbledon and have since become one of the most talked about pairs in world tennis. "What started out as a simple statement has now become a world-wide campaign. This is a great opportunity for us to connect with our fans and we are thrilled to finally launch the merchandise", said the big serving Rohan, who will be looking to repeat the success of a spectacular 2010 season.


Rohan and Aisam have set up an online selling page through Alma Mater store for their extensive merchandise. "People all over the world have been supporting this cause, and we hope that this venture will give them an opportunity to support and spread the message of peace", says Aisam who is aiming for at least one Grand Slam in the 2011 season. The duo personally autographed t-shirts for a lucky few, and will want to start the New Year with a title in front of the vibrant Chennai crowd.


As part of this novel idea, some of the proceeds will go to Rohan and Aisam's respective charities. Rohan supports GoSports Foundation, a non-profit trust helping athletes across India, while Aisam's family charity - the Haq Foundation, has been doing a lot of relief work for flood victims back in Pakistan, in addition to numerous charitable causes to aid the Pakistani people.

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