Experts from around the world explore means of ensuring global collaboration to end violence against athletes

On 8 April 2018, Michael Pedersen facilitated a strategy workshop in the context of the inaugural conference of Safe Sport International in Madrid, Spain. The workshop followed two intense conference days, which offered approx. 200 participants from around the world a platform for sharing experience, expertise and evolving good practices in safeguarding children doing sport.

The half-day strategy workshop was titled ‘Towards a Global Collaboration to End Violence Against Athletes in Sport’. Based on a highly engaging and interactive design, it offered participants an opportunity to work with peers from across sectors, countries and regions in shaping Safe Sport International’s future strategy and activities to coordinate and mobilize global action.

Read more about the workshop and its outcomes here.

CELIA Brackenridge Obituary

2 June 2018

Celia Brackenridge, who has died aged 67 from leukaemia, was an international sportswoman, a campaigner for women’s causes and an authority on child protection in sport. She carried out pioneering work on the sexual abuse and harassment of young athletes and footballers by their coaches in the 1980s and 90s. Her research led her further to examine the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of all athletes, her findings being met with total denial by the then sports establishment.

Read Celia Brackenridge Obituary  published in The Guardian.

Protecting women in sport: The need to create safe spaces

2 June 2018

Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee, addressed the audience on the final day of the IWG Conference on Women and Sport held in Gaborone, Botswana during May 2018.

Like many people, Parsons would like his daughter to play sport. The physical and psychological benefits are clear. But the Larry Nasser scandal makes him question whether he really does want her to – it took place in the United States, a supposedly safe country.

Read the International Platform for Sport and Development's report on Andrew Parson's Speech .

A promising workshop in Zambia

2 June 2018

United Purpose a UK based NGO funded a two-day workshop in the Zambian capital Lusaka during February which brought together the organisations implementing partners in Kenya, Zambia and Malawi, and other Zambian sports and child safeguarding authorities including the police, justice service and National Olympic Committee. The workshop gave participants a chance to study the International Safeguards for Children in Sport, to apply them to their experience.

The workshop was a rare opportunity for professionals in the field to talk together about sensitive issues. An official from the Zambian Ministry of Sport, for example, spoke about male coaches who use the prize of team selection to sexually exploit female athletes. Examples of good practice were shared; for example, Moving The Goalposts (a Kenyan NGO) has strict criteria for the hotels and transport providers it uses for sports tournaments to reduce risk to children and young people. Participants left the workshop feeling confident that they had gained a deeper insight into safeguarding issues, and equipped with practical ideas for improving practice.

Use this link to read more about United Purpose, Keeping Children Safe in Sport and the Lusaka Workshop.

Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) Safe Sport Task Group Meeting

13 March 2018

Safe Sport Africa is grateful to  the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) for supporting them to attend the NIF Safe Sport Task Group strategic planning meeting held recently  in Lusaka, Zambia.

The meeting was lead by NIF consultant, Dianne Huffman and attended by  George Nange (Kenya & NIF Consultant), Mabelo Raditladi (Botswana & NIF Consultant), Petros Munashe (AUSC Region 5), Anna Mguni (Zimbabwe NOC), Tuelo Serufho (Botswana NOC), Brenda Chipande (Zambia NOC), Nchimunya Mweetwa (Former Zambian Football Player and Fair Play Ammbassdor, and Norman Brook (Safe Sport Africa).

The NIF Safe Sport programme has been working with major youth multi- sport events held in Africa to promote the safeguarding of young sportsmen and women and with the National Olympic Committees of countries from the African Union Sports Council Region 5 to deliver training on Safe Sport.  As such the NIF programme has been a leader in promoting safe sport in Africa.


22 February 2018

Safe Sport International will be holding their inaugural conference titled "Challenging Violence in Sport" in Madrid on the 6th & 7th April 2018.

Speakers include Dr. Sandi Kirby, Professor emerita Winnipeg University, Dr. Mike Hartill, England, Reader, Edge Hill University, England, Dr. Kari Fasting, Professor emerita, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway, Tine Vertommen, Researcher, Thomas More University, Belgium, Dr Sylvie Parent, Associate Professor, Laval University, Canada, Dr Trisha Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Sports Institute, Dr. Gretchen Kerr, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada, and Anne Tiivas, Director, Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), UK.

Former athletes Colin Harris (British Football), Former Olympian Gloria Viseras (Spanish Gymnastics), and Karen Leach (Irish Swimming) will discuss their experiences during a panel session.

Further details for the Conference can be found here.

Safe Sport Africa to Register in South Africa

30th January 2018

Safe Sport Africa has made an application to the Department of Social Development in South Africa to register as a Non Profit Organisation (APP-18/278992).   Norman Brook MBE, Sarah L Mundy, and Sanmaire Schlebusch are the founding directors with four further directors to be announced soon.

The founding document (constitution) and details of Norman, Sarah and Sanmarie can be found here.