UNICEF UK partner Beyond Sport, the global organisation that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to drive positive social change across the world, has unveiled the Shortlist for the Beyond Sport Awards 2011.

35 programmes from 18 countries, using 22 different sports have been shortlisted, from Afghanistan and Nepal to Sierra Leone and the West Bank.

As well as supporting the UNICEF Sport for Education Award, UNICEF is a partner of several of the nominated projects:

•    Bidna Capoeira  have been working with UNICEF Syria, supporting refugee children to grow and develop through Capoeira

•    Grassroot Soccer, shortlisted for their work in South Africa, specialise in using football as a platform for HIV education. They are partners of UNICEF Zimbabwe

•    The National Hockey League who supported UNICEF USA’s fundraising efforts for Haiti, have been shortlisted for their environmental programme, "NHL Green."

•    Mathare Youth Sports Association, are shortlisted for a judges award and have worked with UNICEF across East Africa combating HIV through football.

•    The Sony Corporation, who supported UNICEF Japan on a digital photo project called EYE SEE, are shortlisted for Corporation of the year for "Dream Goal 2010."

By reaching this stage of the judging process, each project will receive an invitation to attend the third annual Beyond Sport Summit, taking place from December 5-8 in Cape Town, South Africa.

These shortlisted projects were chosen from close to 400 entries from more than 125 countries that submitted applications to this year’s Awards.

Read the complete shortlist.

 
Dikembe Mutombo, winner of Beyond Sport Award 2010 Humanitarian in Sport, and a board member of UNICEF USA. © Beyond Sport 2010
Dikembe Mutombo, winner of Beyond Sport Award 2010 Humanitarian in Sport, and a board member of UNICEF USA.© Beyond Sport 2010