Beyond Sport and Streetfootballworld come together to launch Beyond Football

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A new event designed to maximise the position that football, the world’s most popular sport, has as a tool for social change will take place ahead of the official opening of this year’s Beyond Sport Summit, as Beyond Sport and streetfootballworld come together to launch Beyond Football.

Beyond Football, organised with the support of adidas and Impact International, will address, examine and amplify the positive social effects that football can have around the globe. It will take place on Monday December 5th, ahead of the 4pm opening of the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards – a four-day global gathering which 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. The 2011 Beyond Sport Summit and Awards will be held in Cape Town, which follows in the footsteps of London and Chicago as the venue for the unique event.

Beyond Football will focus on creating the ‘perfect partnership’ between investors and practitioners, building the perfect team to create social impact worldwide. With streetfootballworld’s belief that ‘it takes a team to win a game’ at the heart of the event, Beyond Football will unite many different players to work together towards a common goal – creating positive change through the power of football.

Jürgen Griesbeck, the Founder and CEO of streetfootballworld, said:  “Football has an incredible power and responsibility. It brings together individuals and organisations from many different sectors and at Beyond Football we will create a ‘level playing field’ where everyone can work on the same team towards the same goal – creating positive social change.”

Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: “We are delighted to be working with streetfootballworld. Over a number of years they have shown how powerful a network of organisations can be in creating change. This partnership is a recognition of the role the world’s game plays in communities across the world.”

Streetfootballworld drives a network of local organisations that use football to provide opportunities to disadvantaged young people and builds a coalition of powerful partners to create social change. For more information visit www.streetfootballworld.org       

Beyond Sport, whose global partners include Barclays Spaces for Sport, TIME International and Unicef, is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. For more information visit www.beyondsport.org 

For more information about Beyond Football or the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards please contact:

Adam Fraser (Beyond Sport): adam@beyondsport.org 
Sarah Bagel (streetfootballworld): bagel@streetfootballworld.org

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