What is the impact of the Beyond Sport Awards?

15 October 2015, Paul Hunt

This article was originally written by Paul Hunt and published on Sports and Development news. 

Why apply for a Beyond Sport Award? The Darfur United Soccer Academy, winner of the 2014 Sport for Social Inclusion Award, explains how it has affected the programme’s work in eastern Chad.

Darfur United Soccer Academy, refugee camp Djabal, eastern Chad. Photo by Gabriel Stauring, iACT

There are approximately 360,000 refugees living in twelve refugee camps near the border between Chad and Sudan and there is a need for programmes which address trauma and promote education, health, peacebuilding and social integration. In response, iACT works directly with refugees to develop and implement the Darfur United Soccer Academy (DUSA).

It is a child development football programme which trains and employs refugee men and women to provide a safe place for refugee children to learn through a football, health and peace-building curriculum. DUSA’s main objectives are to promote:

  • Leadership
  • Health
  • Equality
  • Education

In recognition of its work, the Darfur United Soccer Academy won Beyond Sport’s Sport for Social Inclusion Award in 2014. Curious to find out its motivations for applying and the impact of winning, sportanddev.org caught up with iACT director of programmes, Sara-Christine Dallain.

Click here to read the full article and interview! 

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