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commonwealth network Colloquia Beyond the field: the role of sport in development and peace With the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014, a seminar was held in the city to discuss the power of sport and its evolution from an extracurricular activity to an effective tool for driving development and tackling the problem of youth unemployment across the globe On 9–11 November 2012, the Common- face through culture and development, and wealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC) more significantly, how SDP can be used held a UK-wide seminar in central Glasgow to tackle these. However, participants also on the potential of sport for aiding peace highlighted that sport is not inherently posi- and development (SDP). Entitled ‘Games tive, and as a result modifications have to Without Frontiers’, the event was in part- be made in order for it to be a highly effec- nership with Glasgow City Council, sup- tive tool for development. ported by the Commonwealth Secretariat Participants believed that organisations in (Sports Development-Youth Affairs Divi- the SDP sector need to work together more sion) and funded by the British Council’s effectively in order to better tackle develop- Youth in Action programme. ment issues. “There needs to be commonal- The aim of the seminar was to explore Sport can act as a route for developing soft skills ity and motivation for organisations in sport the contribution of sport as a tool for in- needed for finding employment for peace and development to make part- tercultural dialogue. The role of SDP in nerships for change,” said one participant. tackling development issues has increased regional and national level, three organisa- A thematic world café focused on three significantly over the past two decades, and tions presented case studies. A&M Train- main issues: gender inequality, young peo- with the introduction of the UN’s Sport ing, a Glasgow-based organisation, present- ple not in education, employment or train- for Development and Peace International ed their ‘Operation Reclaim’ programme. ing (NEET) and community conflict. The Working Group, it is clear that international This local project focuses on diversionary issue of the NEET young identified that organisations are taking an active step for- activities such as dance and football in nine “transitions from school to employment, ward in this emerging field. sites around the city with vulnerable and at- training and further education need further The two-day seminar began with an risk young people aged 6–25. development”. Sport can act as a route for overview and insight into the definition of Football 4 Peace gave a presentation on young people to develop soft skills in order intercultural dialogue from Samir Sharma their activity-based community relation and to build them up for employment: for ex- from Glasgow City Council’s education reconciliation initiative. This sports-based ample, volunteering at a local sports club, department. During an interactive session, scheme operates in Israel and its neighbor- coaching children or even working in ad- in which workshops, case study presenta- ing countries as well as in Northern Ireland. min at a SDP NGO office. tions and discussion groups were used, par- Finally, there was the UK Sport’s IDEALS As a result of the seminar, a position paper ticipants explored the definition of culture, project, a high quality, progressive and co- will be written and used to lobby relevant how young people view themselves cultur- ordinated sports leadership development institutions and organisations in the SDP ally and how SDP can further its role in programme for young people aged 20–35 sector regarding improvements and changes improving the lives of young people. Par- between the UK and partner countries. that need to be made. The paper will also act ticipants came up with recommendations as a referencing tool for organisations that on best practice when using SDP, as well “I have a far greater understanding of the want to incorporate sport into their work. as some modifications that need to be made limitations that sport faces and that theory With the ethos of the 2014 Common- to sport in order for it to be a more effective is not always possible, but we must not let wealth Games being ‘Mental, Physical and tool within social development. this deter us.” Exceptional’, the potential for sport to play Following on from Samir Sharma’s ad- Games Without Frontiers participant, 2012 a part in the development of young people dress was an introduction to SDP from is evident. In a climate where young people Oliver Dudfield, the SDP adviser for the The aim of the seminar was not only to are faced with limited job opportunities and Youth Affairs Division at the Common- provide organisations with a platform for misguided representation from the media, wealth Secretariat. This presentation gave sharing ideas and best practice, but also to it is important to utilise creative avenues participants an insight into the theoretical encourage partnerships in the future to al- such as sport and its ability to provide par- approach of SDP, highlighting key princi- low them to work together, therefore time ticipants with soft skills such as, teamwork, ples such as sustained and leveraged par- was dedicated to a networking and ideas discipline, determination and leadership ticipation, fully accessible sports, shared marketplace. Participants brought resourc- qualities. values and a commitment to promoting de- es on behalf of their organisation to interact velopment, democracy and diversity. with others and promote the work they do. Carl Konadu, Commonwealth Youth Exchange In order to give participants an overview Throughout the seminar there was a fo- Council of how SDP works practically on a local, cus on the specific issues young people 88 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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