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SportWORKS Projects

Commonwealth Games Canada has been involved in over 125 sport for development and sport development projects in over 30 countries around the world. Brief summaries of some of these projects are given below which includes: their geographic location, partners involved, and the associated CGC initiative.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights sport as “an important enabler of sustainable development”. It recognizes the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect, and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and girls, young people, individuals, and communities, as well as to health, education, gender equality and social inclusion objectives. Thanks to the generous support of the Government and Canada and our other donors, CGC is proud to be one of the world’s pioneers of international sport for development and sport development work.

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Community Sport Development

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe

CGC managed the co-funding and delivery of a series of soccer coaching clinics in the high-density areas in Harare. A soccer league consisting of six boys and six girls teams was subsequently created, which incorporated AIDS awareness and tree planting activities. Andy Cole, the popular Manchester United soccer celebrity became a patron of the program.

Kampala Community Sport Development

  • Africa
  • Uganda

Working with ARYI, CGC helped implement a sport for development program which included a sport and physical education program combined with HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention training. This included leading the development of a girls’ basketball league and youth learn to swim programs.