The Kilifi based Moving the Goalposts was Wednesday declared winner of this year’s The Beyond Sport UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport Award, at a ceremony graced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron through video in London.
The Beyond Sport Awards promote, support and reward the best projects across the globe that use sport for positive social change.
The award was presented early Wednesday to MTG Executive Director Rachel Muthoga during the ceremony at the Beyond Sport Summit in London.
MTG was shortlisted for the Beyond Sport UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport Award along with Caribbean Sport and Development Agency (CSDA), Trinidad & Tobago and Coaches Across Continents, USA.
1894 projects from 145 countries were entered for the seventh annual Beyond Sport Awards this year.
Besides MTG, Kenya delivered another award winning organization in Horn of Development Initiative (HODI) from Marsabit in the category; Sport for Social Inclusion Award with their project ‘Breaking the Silence Using Football’.
Other Kenyan price winners were volunteers from Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI), Ireland, with their project ‘Hijabs and Hat-tricks’ that encourages Muslim girls in Dublin to play football.
The UK Prime Minister opened the award ceremony with a video message to the audience stating ‘Day after day it’s the stars on the pitch who make the headlines but tonight it is right to stop and pay tribute to you, the stars beyond the field of play, the people who show that by going beyond sport we can use the games we love to tackle some of the greatest social challenges in our world today.’
Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: ‘Tonight’s shortlist and winners demonstrate that sport can contribute solving many of society’s issues. With the support and true collaboration from the corporate sector we can work together and change lives and communities to an astonishing level – I am very excited and proud to be a part of it.’
Each winning project will receive a package of support. Beyond Sport’s Global Partners are Barclays, TIME and UNICEF.