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Craig Bellamy Foundation shortlisted for prestigious global award

Craig Bellamy Foundation shortlisted for prestigious global award

01 May 2012 – The Craig Bellamy Foundation Youth Development League has been named on the Beyond Sport Awards 2012 Official Shortlist in the Sport for Education category.  (Photo: Craig Bellamy Foundation Girls League launch)

Held annually, the prestigious Beyond Sport Awards recognises programmes that use sport as a tool for positive change across the world. Tim Kellow, the Foundation’s CEO, will travel to London to attend the Beyond Sport Summit 2012 where the winners will be announced on 23rd July. 

Involving over 2000 children – boys and girls – the CBF League uses football to tackle Sierra Leone’s key development priorities – education, health, youth exclusion and gender inequality. 

Tim Kellow

The League’s unique model ensures that all players regularly attend school, respect principles of fair play, and deliver health messages and social development projects that benefit other children and communities. It covers the country’s four regions – Freetown, Makeni, Bo, and Kenema. 

Reacting to the news, Tim Kellow, the Foundation’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. Now in our third full season, the League’s scope and impact continues to grow. On International Women’s Day 2012, we launched a national Girls League and with this international recognition we hope to offer thousands more children the chance to improve their, and their communities’, lives.” 

About the Craig Bellamy Foundation 

Set up in 2008, the Craig Bellamy Foundation is a charity offering children in Sierra Leone the chance to reach their potential through sport and education. With a focus on improving education standards, the Foundation runs the country’s only national youth league and professional football academy.

  • Our non-profit academy nurtures the athletic, academic and personal development of the country’s most promising sporting talent, securing them footballing and education placements oversees.
  • Our youth league helps tackle the country’s urgent social development priorities by involving over 2000 children – boys and girls – in 104 teams that earn points not only for match results, but also for school attendance, fair-play, and leading community development projects.

Beyond Sport 

  • The Official Shortlist for Beyond Sport Awards 2012 announcement is on the Beyond Sport website here – www.beyondsport.org/mediacentre/press-release/view/1384
  • In the Sport for Education category, CBF will be up against the Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, and the Tiny Toones Breakdance School.
  • The Beyond Sport press release includes a quote from Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, as well as additional information about the organisation. 
For more information on the Craig Bellamy Foundation, please contact:  
Tom Ellis, Communications & Development Officer, Craig Bellamy Foundation
Email: tom@craigbellamyfoundation.org
Tel: +232 (0)78 779 777

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