Past Events

Safeguarding Children and Youth in Sport for Development Organizations

When: April 8th, 2021

Safeguarding Children and Youth in Sport for Development Organizations webinar gathered over 130 participants from all over the world to discuss and share child safeguarding practices in sport for development organizations. Watch the recording here

Webinar objectives:

  • Learn about safeguarding practices and strategies from sport for development practitioners
  • How to implement safeguarding practices in different socio-economic and cultural contexts
  • Gain understanding on safeguarding gender, sexual diversity and youth and digital safeguarding

Advocacy and Policymaking in the Sport for Development Space

When: March 4th, 2021
Advocacy and Policymaking in the Sport for Development Space gathered over 90 participants from all over the world to discuss how to build inclusive advocacy and policymaking in Sport for Development. Watch the recording here
Webinar objectives:
  • What are the systemic bottlenecks we need to address through inclusive policymaking and advocacy in sport for development?
  • Share examples of policy and advocacy work in gender and sport for development.
  • How can we work together to create communities of knowledge and power to influence policies?
  • Share practices in sport for social change to educate communities about the effects of wider, systemic issues.

Sports for Development and Social Business

When: February 18th, 2021

Sports for Development and Social Business webinar was co-hosted by Girls in the Lead and Yunus Sports Hub. A recording of the event is available at the event page

The event gathered over 80 Sports for Development practitioners to discuss best strategies how to create income streams through social business.

Webinar objectives:

  • Rethink how to create economic development in local, regional, and national communities and organizations.
  • Gain an understanding of organizations’ responses and strategies in demonstrating greater economic resilience.
  • Exchange approaches and insights with key actors around strategies and share best practices for improved autonomy.
  • Establish priorities in building an economic agency of sports organizations, and in connecting organisations with related processes, initiatives, and institutions.
  • Advocate the importance of women’s led organizations to be financially resilient.

Gender and Sexual Identity in Girls' Sports

When: 28th of January, 2021

Gender and Sexual Identity in Girls’ Sports webinar gathered over 80 international practitioners in Sport for Development to share best practices on how to make sports spaces inclusive and safe, and how to build a strong international community to bring social change in gender and sexual identity in girls’ sports. More info on the program and speakers is found on the event page

You can download the pdf slides of the event here. A recording is available on the gender and sexual identity resource page.


Trans and Queer Themes in Girls and Youth Sports Clubs

When: 10 December 2020, 14-15h (CET)

Thank you so much for attending our webinar Trans and Queer Themes in Girls and Youth Sports Clubs with Girls in the Lead!

The webinar was short and sweet, and it only scraped the surface – but it revealed a need for a deeper discussion and collaboration. Together we can do so much more in building an inclusive movement in sports for development.

The goal of the event was to bring people together to discuss what they want to learn and share with each other, and raise key topics to discuss in more depth in a longer event held in January 2021.

We wanted to hear multidisciplinary perspectives to the current issues in centering girls when discussing trans and queer themes in sport clubs.

The following key themes were raised in discussions of what we want learn more about and how we would like to proceed:

  1. Finding the learning tools, language and space to do the work together – resources, governance and advocacy to proceed on a policy level and in practice 
  2. International advocacy and collaboration for LGBTQI community in sports – network with other stakeholders and partners to respond to the needs to create inclusive spaces 
  3. Inclusive perspective to safeguarding children in sports – especially in countries with more religious and legislative restrictions 
  4. Build universities as safe spaces to deliver sports teams and programs 
  5. Finding pathways to influence high-level and olympic policies and reaching out to federations

16 Days of Activism for No Violence - Safeguarding Women and Children in Sport Programs

When: 27 November, 2020, 12:00 PM (CAT), Johannesburg

Language: English

Organizer: Sport for Social Change Network


After registering in advance, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar Speakers:

Luke Lamprecht (South Africa) (@Fight with Insight)
Child Development and Protection Consultant and Director at Fight With Insight where he coaches inner-city children to speak on practical steps to safeguard children in sport for development contexts.

Lombe Mwambwa (Zambia) (@NOWSPAR)
International Adviser at National Organisation for Women in Sport Physical Activity and Recreation to speak on practical steps to safeguard women in sport for development contexts.

Kingsley Udo (Nigeria) (@Plan International)
European Commission Civil Protection Project, Plan International to speak on practical steps to safeguard children in challenging environments and cultures.

Sport and Equality in Europe - International Public Webinar

When: November 27, 2020, 16:00 – 20:30 (CET)

Language: English

OrganizerOutsport – Presented by AICS (Associazione Italiana Cultura Sport)

What: One year after the Outsport project conclusion, AICS presents Sport and Equality in Europe, the international webinar to analyze the Outsport project follow-up recommendations and to promote an open discussion about the latest progress in EU policies related to Sport and LGBTI issues.

Full Program: http://www.out-sport.eu/sport-and-equality-in-europe-outsport-international-webinar/

The Nationwide Network Conference of Queer Sports Clubs (BuNT)

When: 22-28 November, 2020

Language: German

Organizer: German Olympic Sports Confederation, Eurogames 2020, Diversity Department, State Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia, State Sports Association of Saxony-Anhalt, Seitenwechsel, Stadtsportbund Düsseldorf, Starting shot Hamburg e. V., Prelude SSL Berlin e. V.

What: BuNT organizes a comprehensive virtual program of panel discussions, lectures, workshops and panel discussions on queer issues in sports. The goal of the conference is the joint promotion of gender and sexual diversity in sport and reduction of discrimination based on sexual orientation and / or gender identity. The conference provides research on the current situation of LGBTIQ + and the resulting challenges for sport, and to jointly develop practical measures to promote gender and sexual diversity in sport. BuNT is open for anyone interested and offers the opportunity for exchange, discussion and networking. 

The program and registration is found here.