International Platform on Sport & Development e-Newsletter / Issue No. 87, April 2013

gandhiDear Readers,

Welcome to Issue 87 of the sportanddev e-Newsletter!

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” As we celebrate World Health Day 2013, these inspirational words from Mahatma Gandhi are an important reminder of individual change affecting wider social change. High blood pressure is this year’s theme, a major global health issue causing over 9 million deaths per year and affecting one in three adults. The commentaries in this newsletter emphasise that sport and physical activity play a vital role in controlling this ‘silent killer’ and living a healthy lifestyle.

In addition, ChildFund Australia shares how they are using rugby to promote healthy living to girls in Laos. Play the Game shares a gender equality audit of the 2012 London Olympic Games, co-authored by Peter Donnelly and Michele Donnelly, and we bring you the latest opportunities from the S&D sector. Finally, don’t miss the latest articles about the East Africa Community Coach Education System (EACCES) in our new highlighted initiative.

Enjoy your reading,

Stephen Reynard
Project Manager

News & Upcoming Events

Dates for your diary

Check out some of the most important and inspiring events to take place on the Sport & Development calendar in the coming weeks Read more

Recap of recent events

Including the Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum and the World Social Forum. Read more

New opportunities

A Sport Sustainability e-Learning course, volunteering in Nicaragua and the 2013 Olympia Summer Praxis Programme at the birthplace of the Olympics. Read more

New job opportunities

Check out the latest job opportunities in Sport & Development. Read more

Latest from the Community

The London 2012 Olympics: A gender equality audit

A report analysing gender equality in sport, using the example of the London 2012 Olympics. Read More

ChildFund Australia uses rugby to promote healthy living to girls in Laos

sportanddev speaks to Chris Mastaglio, country director of ChildFund Laos, about the role of sport as a “high quality, low cost tool” in their development programmes. Read More

Haitians prepare for Sports United funded trip to US BlazeCamp

BlazeSports Haiti hosted a workshop in Port-au-Prince for parents of the 12 Haitian children with physical disabilities who will be travelling to Atlanta for BlazeCamp in May. Read More


The magic rope

Scientists have found the missing link to prevent the global scourge of chronic non-communicable diseases affecting the lives of millions of people worldwide – skipping. Read More

Control your blood pressure, control your life

To mark the recent World Health Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) highlighted ways you can prevent and control a silent killer: high blood pressure. Read More

Sports for healthy living

People in developing countries are increasingly realising and accepting that sports are a necessity for health as well as an activity for leisure and entertainment. Read More

Latest from the Platform

East Africa Community Coach Education System

sportanddev launches its newest highlighted initiative with the publication of the second of our articles on EACCES: Practical challenges of coaching in East Africa. Read more

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