Friday, July 27, 2012

Beyond Sport Winners!

We are delighted to announce that this week Standard Chartered were awarded the Beyond Sport award for Corporate of the Year!
The Beyond Sport Summit brought together the best sport-led social innovators, with influential global leaders, to address sport's role in driving positive social change.
The Summit culminated on Wednesday night, when a series of presenters, including five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe, five-time ice skating world champion Michelle Kwan and Olympic legend Bob Beamon, announced that Standard Chartered took top spot, beating over 300 other organisations. Winning this award highlights the continuing success of Goal and signals that we have been recognised on a global scale for our work.
Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said:
"These projects change lives and communities to an astonishing level. It is a privilege to meet, highlight and support the amazing leaders who drive them, and recognise the very best work in this hugely important sector".

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Beyond Sport Summit is here!

We're very excited for the Beyond Sport Summit, held in London, where Standard Chartered has been shortlisted for the ‘Corporate of the year' award for Goal, selected out of over 300 entrees!

The Summit is held over the next three days from 23rd to 26th July and is designed to celebrate, encourage and drive forward sport-led social change. It involves networking opportunities, panels, roundtables, workshops and site visits to sports programmes around London. It will also be a chance to showcase sports projects around the world that, like Goal, aim to inspire and create positive social change.

Speakers include the former Prime Minister of Great Britain Tony Blair, Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, and gold medal holding Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe.

Winning the award would mean global recognition, exclusive access to partnerships and media opportunities for Goal… so keep all fingers crossed!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Meet Charity, from Zambia

"My name is Charity M. A. Hachijika. I was born on 17 March 1997 and I am the seventh born in a family of nine. I live with both of my parents in the capital city of Zambia and I doing my grade nine at Libala Basic School.

I really enjoy playing football and traditional sports. Before Goal, it was difficult for me to communicate openly and tell my friends that I loved football because football in my society is known to be a sport for boys only. But that changed when Goal came to my school. It has helped me to develop my inner ability in sports and encouraged me to open up to my pals. I got encouraged to express myself. One of the topics we had recently was "Knowing Yourself" and this topic has transformed my life. I have also learnt to interact with different people despite their backgrounds. 

Goal has helped me to be open whenever I am facing a challenge or going through hardships in any area of my life. I don't regret ever becoming a part of the Goal programme."

Standard Chartered launched Goal in Zambia in December 2011, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and EduSports. 
There are many more girls like Charity, to whom the Goal programme is making a difference. We have 800 girls currently enrolled in the programme, which is expected to reach 2,000 this year, and we look forward to hearing from more of the girls very soon!