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Do you want to learn more about specific topics linked to sports? Do you want to know more about M&E and how you can implement it in your daily work? Do you want to get more insights about events and trainings offered in our partner countries? Then check out the various materials and manuals on different themes that may be useful to you under "Topics" or register directly to our Global S4D Community and enroll in our educational web seminars an workshops lively. It is free of charge!

We are offering a variety of community events with new content with our partners CRISP, the German Sport University and Yunus Sportshub. In addition to that, the newly launched Innovation Series and The Fundraising Lab are series designed to empower, educate, and connect S4D practitioners with the latest trends, insights, and practical knowledge in the field. Please revisit the website and join our Global S4D Community to learn about our new webinars.  

Are you interested in running your own S4D workshops? Or do you want to learn more in your own pace? If yes, check out the guidelines and links below.  


Introducing the Global Sport for Development Community

Sport inspires and connects people all over the world - regardless of language, gender or religion. At the GIZ, our global sport for development (S4D) programme aims to enable and facilitate international, regional and national actors to leverage sport to support marginalised youth in measures that promote employment, gender equality and social cohesion. 

The next iteration of the global S4D programme is built around community. We want to facilitate connectivity between, and capacity building amongst qualified S4D practitioners from GIZ partner countries. We want to support and facilitate a global community that empowers its members to actively get engaged with each other and foster peer to peer learning among the trainers, instructors, and multipliers globally.

And to this end, we are now launching an online S4D community: a global learning and networking platform that combines digital connection with offline activities to be used by "S4D practitioners" worldwide.



What is the Global Sport for Development Community?

The Global S4D Community is a new open membership offer for practitioners and partners that combines an online social intranet - purpose built by our partners at HumHub - and a variety of offline learning and knowledge exchange activities. The Community is free to access, and welcomes practitioners of all backgrounds, ranging from seasoned S4D trainers, instructors, and multipliers to enthusiastic newcomers who share an unwavering commitment to drive positive change through sports.


Who is involved in the project?

At the core of our platform's technical aspect, lies 'HumHub,' ensuring seamless connectivity and user-friendly interactions for an efficient and smooth experience.

Furthermore, our community management team, comprising expert organizations in the Sport for Development sector led by Yunus Sports Hub, supported by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Laureus Germany, and Oaks Consultancy Ltd., plays a pivotal role in nurturing a supportive environment for S4D practitioners worldwide. Their efforts will foster an atmosphere of cooperation and collective growth, encouraging practitioners to collaborate, share insights, and learn from one another.


What can you expect as an S4D community member?

As a member of the Global S4D Community, you will gain access to a wealth of resources and opportunities. Our platform offers web-based training courses, workshops, e-learning material, and interactive modules, thoughtfully curated in collaboration with CRISP e.V. and the German Sports University. The content is designed to be engaging, interactive, and relevant, ensuring that you receive the most comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge in the field of Sport for Development.

Through our global learning and networking platform, you can actively engage in discussions, join interest groups, and participate in virtual events, connecting with fellow S4D practitioners from diverse backgrounds. The community thrives on shared experiences and collective knowledge, inspiring innovative approaches to Sport for Development.


How can you get involved?

Getting involved in the Global S4D Community is straightforward. All S4D practitioners, from newcomers to experienced professionals are welcome to join our transformative platform.

  1. Register: Visit our website and sign up as an S4D community member. It's easy and free!
  2. Explore: Navigate our comprehensive web-based training courses and workshops, tailor-made for practitioners at all levels.
  3. Engage: Participate in lively discussions, join interest groups, and take part in virtual events to connect with fellow changemakers.
  4. Grow: Embrace the journey of lifelong learning, empowering yourself to drive positive change through sports.


29 January 2024

Introduction to Sport for Development

02:00pm / 05:00pm (UTC+2)

The Introduction to Sport for Development (S4D) module provides learners with a comprehensive overview of the principles of sports as a tool for development. 

05 - 07 February 2024

Sport for Gender Equality

12:00 pm / 03:00 pm (UTC+2)

The “Sport for Gender Equality” online course offers valuable insights into the critical role of sports in promoting gender equality and fostering inclusivity.

13 - 15 February 2024

Sport for Social Cohesion

11:00 am / 03:00 pm (UTC+2)

The Sport for Social Cohesion module focuses on the pivotal role that sports play in promoting social cohesion within communities. Participants will explore the importance of social cohesion, particularly in the context of sustainable development goals. 

20 February 2024

Introducción al deporte para el desarrollo

04:00pm / 07:00pm (UTC+2)

El módulo Introducción al deporte para el desarrollo (S4D) proporciona a los estudiantes una visión general completa de los principios del deporte como herramienta para el desarrollo. 

26 - 28 February 2024

Monitoring & Evaluation in S4D

11:00am / 02:00pm (UTC+2)

The “Monitoring and Evaluation” module is designed to offer participants an overview of the principles underpinning monitoring and evaluation practices. 

05 - 06 March 2024

Sport for Employability

03:00pm / 06:00pm (UTC+2)

The Sport for Employability course provides learners with an introduction to using sports as a tool for enhancing employment opportunities for young people.

13 March 2024

S4D knowledge sharing

04:00pm / 05:30pm (UTC+1)

The S4D knowledge sharing activity entitled “How to start an S4D activity within my organisation? Exchange of “Good Practice Examples” will provide a brief introduction about the first steps which are necessary to start with an S4D activity. 

05 April 2024

Innovation Series: "A focus on you, the participant, the learner, and above all, the human"

01:00pm / 02:00pm (UTC+2)

This session promises to offer insightful perspectives on how learning and development practices from various sectors can inform and enhance our approaches to sport for development.

09 April 2024

Introducción al deporte para el desarrollo

04:00pm / 07:00pm (UTC+1)

El módulo Introducción al deporte para el desarrollo (S4D) proporciona a los estudiantes una visión general completa de los principios del deporte como herramienta para el desarrollo. 

12 April 2024

Curso básico sobre Primeros Auxilios Psicológicos

01:00pm / 03:00pm (UTC+1)

Es un curso teórico y conceptual sobre la aplicación de primeros auxilios psicológicos en casos de emergencia con personas víctimas de algún tipo de violencia o catástrofe ambiental. 

12 April 2024

An Audience with...Khalida Popal

01:00pm / 02:00pm (UTC+1)

The first of its kind, this monthly series has been designed to provide in-depth conversations with influential figures in the sport and sport for development (S4D) sectors

16 - 17 April 2024

Youth Empowerment in S4D

02:00pm / 05:00pm (UTC+1)

The course Youth Empowerment in S4D is particularly designed for S4D practitioners, who already have S4D experience. The course ‘Youth Empowerment in S4D’ will give you a comprehensive introduction into concepts and tools that can be used to empower young people in becoming agents of social change.

18 April 2024

Laureus SportsLAB Learning Session

02:00pm / 03.00pm (UTC+1)

Safeguarding Talks in Sports Development Programmes. In this Laureus SportsLAB Learning Session attendees will have the opportunity to hear/learn from organisations in different locations about how to centre young people in safeguarding approaches and policies

18 April 2024

Innovation Series: Get to know Ben Mee, English Premier League footballer and social entrepreneur

04:00pm / 05:00pm (UTC+1)

Join us for an inspiring session of our Innovation Series, where host Lucy Mills sits down with Brentford FC's Ben Mee, a prominent figure in the English Premier League.

25 April 2024

Innovation Series: Design Thinking with Dr. Fiona Chambers

01:00pm / 02:00pm (UTC+1)

Join us for the latest installment of the Innovation Series where we will discuss Design Thinking with Dr. Fiona Chambers.

03 May 2024

Innovation Series: "A focus on you, the participant, the learner, and above all, the human" - Guest: Dr. Jacob Naish

01:00pm / 02:00pm (UTC+1)

Join us for the second edition of the Innovation Series, where we explore the intersection of holistic development, self-discovery, and the evolving landscape of learning beyond the realm of sport

21 May 2024

Introduction to Safeguarding

02:00pm / 03:00pm (UTC+1)

The "Safeguarding in Sport for Development" series aims to address the critical importance of safeguarding within the Sport for Development (S4D) sector.

23 May 2024

Digital tools and platforms for impactful communications and community-building 02:00pm / 03:00pm (UTC+1)

02:00pm / 03:00pm (UTC+1)

Join our host Lucy Mills as she speaks with brand expert, Heliosa de Souza, to talk about how sport for development practitioners and organizations alike can utilize the latest digital tools and platforms.

06 June 2024

Data and technology in monitoring, evaluation and learning 02:00pm / 03:00pm (UTC+1)

02:00pm / 03:00pm (UTC+1)

In the latest edition of the Innovation Series, host Lucy Mills explores the role of data and technology in monitoring, evaluation and learning. 

13 June 2024

Pregúntele al entrenador

12:00am / 01:00am (UTC+1)

Topic: Atraer y retener a los participantes

20 June 2024

Innovation Series: Introduction to artificial intelligence

02:00pm / 03:00pm (UTC+1)

We will dive into the world of artificial intelligence, the latest technology to enter our daily lives – and indeed the sport industry

03 July 2024

What is the IOC Innovation Hub

02:00pm / 03:00pm (UTC+1)

Host Lucy Mills will share with the Sport For Development community what the IOC Innovation Hub is all about, it's objectives, approach, and what to expect.

16 July 2024

Ask the Coach Series

04:00pm / 05:00pm (UTC+1)

Topic: Building Trust and Community Buy-In


Do you want to run your own S4D workshops?

The Capacity Development (CD) Guidelines below will support you in implementing your own workshop activities. They include an overall workshop structure, contents focusing on different topics (Sport for Health, gender Equality, Social Cohesion etc.) and the learning outcomes necessary to successfully facilitate a workshop in institutional settings. Additionally, parts of the documents (e. g. manuals, factsheets) can be used as a reference for thematically appropriate wording, for inspirational purposes with practical activities or workshop development, and as layout examples for communicating information.

Target groups for the workshops are institutions and organisations interested in using sport-specific approaches and methods for developmental objectives, S4D Instructors and S4D Coaches. Each workshop presented consits of three modules. When implemented as online format, each module has a duration of three hours. Delivered in presence, modules can be adapted length- and content-wise.

Please note that all contents were developed in a working context of GIZ. Feel free to adapt and modify contents and scope according to your needs, e. g. regarding wordings, country examples.

In our self-paced atingi course "Introduction to S4D" you will learn the basics of the sport for development (S4D) approach. Which topics can be addressed through S4D? Who plans and conducts S4D activities? What do these activities look like? These are some of the questions we will answer together during this course.

This course provides basic knowledge about the S4D approach by showing you the skills you need to be an S4D facilitator, how to structure an S4D session, and what topics you can address through the S4D approach.

It will take you about one hour to complete and you will earn a badge. To access the free of charge courses, please create an account on atingi first by following this link

What is safeguarding? What makes activities safe, inclusive, enjoyable, and free from harm? Which factors play a role, and which knowledge is necessary? These are some of the questions addressed in the self-paced atingi course "Safeguarding in Sport and Sport for Development" .

In this introductory course, we define safeguarding, identify the different types of harm, describe the roles and responsibilities of an S4D facilitator, address how you should deal with safeguarding concerns, show you how you can design safe and inclusive activities, and what safeguarding measures you can expect from your organisation. To access the free of charge courses, please create an account on atingi first by following this link.

In our Tools Section you will find more guidelines and templates about safeguarding in sport and S4D in different languages. 

Take part in our self-paced atingi course "Mental health and Well-Being" and learn more about on how sport and Sport for Development can help you get mentally fit. In this self-paced course, you will learn what mental health and well-being is. It will take you about 1 hour to complete and you will earn a certificate. The course is for young people from around the world. You will learn

  • how to manage your feelings when you feel stress, anxious and depressed
  • how to deal with bullying
  • how to build communication skills
  • how to build confidence
  • how to build resiliency to live a healthy life

Each module contains 6 lessons of 5 to 10 minutes each. This means, it will take you about 60 minutes to complete the training. To access the free of charge courses, please create an account on atingi first by following this link.

We are currently developing a roster of web seminars with new content. Down below you see our new seminar offers. 

Learning Lab 2023

Formats and Requirements:

  • Web seminars are short inputs in a lecture style format and are scheduled on a rolling basis. They are made for anybody who wants to get a first impression on how sport can be used as a tool for social change, without having any prior knowledge.
  • Web seminars about the topics M&E and Impact Evaluation are offered in a modular format: Take part in all three modules (Module I: M&E Introduction; Module II: M&E Implementation; Module III: Impact Evaluation) and you will get a certificate! 
  • Workshops consist of several modules, include self-study and group assignments and are scheduled periodically. Participation in an introductory Web Seminar (“Introduction to S4D”) or prior knowledge of S4D are required for the workshops. In order to guarantee an interactive and participatory workshop atmosphere, regular attendance, active engagement and a stable internet connection are required. Participation with a laptop is recommended. You must attend at least 80% or more of the workshop be eligible for a certificate of attendancePlease only sign up if you are 100% sure that you can take part in all days of the workshop!

The registration will close the week before the web seminar or workshop is scheduled (Thursday 11:59 pm).