Beyond Sport announces top-line speakers for Beyond Sport Summit 2012

Beyond Sport has revealed a group of leading figures from the worlds of sport, business, politics and beyond set to speak at this year’s Beyond Sport Summit, to be staged in London from 23rd – 25th July 2012.

The Rt Hon Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister and Chairman of the Beyond Sport Ambassadors; Bob Diamond, the Chief Executive of Barclays; Jamie Oliver, the world-renowned chef and campaigner; and Lord Paddy Ashdown, the President of Unicef UK, will all speak at the event, exploring a range of issues around sport’s role as a tool for social change.

They will join sporting legends including Olympic gold medallists and Beyond Sport Ambassadors Michael Johnson and Bob Beamon; Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, the most successful Paralympian of all time; and John Amaechi OBE, the NBA legend and political activist.

A host of other key speakers from the different sectors brought together by Beyond Sport will join them as they interact with the 750 people gathered for the Beyond Sport Summit across a range of panels, keynote addresses, break-out sessions and workshops.

The Beyond Sport Summit will also see the winners of the Beyond Sport Awards 2012 announced. 30 projects have been shortlisted, reaching nearly 40 countries and over 20 different sports. They were chosen from 322 entries that submitted applications to this year’s Awards. The Beyond Sport Award winners will receive a substantial package of business support to help them grow and become sustainable in the future.

Throughout the week, the Beyond Sport Summit will use a combination of networking opportunities, insightful panels, and action-led working sessions to bring together those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact with influential figures from the worlds of business, government and federations, whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact in the field.

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. It is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME and UNICEF.

For more information on Beyond Sport, the Beyond Sport Summit and the Beyond Sport Awards visit www.beyondsport.org.