Maidan Summit 2011 – Annual Sport for Development International Meet in New Delhi from 1 December

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NEW DELHI: Magic Bus India Foundation (MBIF) announced Maidan Summit 2011, the second annual Sport for Development (S4D) international meet from December 1 to 3 in New Delhi, India. The objectives of the Summit are to provide an interactive forum for NGOs, policy makers, technical experts and donor agencies, advocate cross-sectoral use of S4D and strengthening the S4D platform in India. Maidan 2011 is supported by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), Govt. of India; Australian Sports Commission; Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, University of Delhi; the British Council and online media partner, Sportzpower.

The event will commence with a Sport for Development International Meet in New Delhi on 1st December at the Paintal Memorial Golden Jubilee Hall, VP Chest Institute, North Campus, University of Delhi. Mr. Ajay Maken, Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India is likely to join us as the Chief Guest.

Mr. Poul Hansen, Head of Office at the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace; Ms. Tessa Jowell, Shadow Olympics Minister, Member of Parliament, UK; Dr. Lachlan Strahan, Dy. High Commissioner, Australian High Commission; and several other dignitaries will be present in the conference.

This will be followed by a series of six workshops (Sport and Health, Sport and Gender, Sport and Social Inclusion, Sport and youth development, Sport in schools and colleges from curriculum perspective) over the next two days designed for agencies which use or wish to use sport as a means to promote human development (details attached).

We invite you to participate or nominate senior management to attend the conference. Your contribution to the S4D forum would be of great value and your representatives will benefit from becoming a part of the international S4D network.  They will also gain an in-depth exposure to contemporary issues and practices in the global S4D arena.

Please find attached the Conference (1st December) and Workshops (2nd & 3rd December) agenda along with the Registration Form and a schedule for 1st December with a list of speakers. A copy of the Registration Form/s, duly filled in for each nominated participant may kindly be sent to me.

Magic Bus is a Not-for-Profit Company in India, with international fundraising offices in UK, USA and Germany.

Founded in 1999, we are the leading Sport for Development (S4D) player in the country, and have been appointed the Knowledge and Implementing Partner of Panchayat Yuva Khel aur Krida Abhiyan (PYKKA), the rural sports programme mandated to reach to about 200,000 villages in the country, by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), Government of India (GoI).

Previously, under International Inspiration programme of London Olympics 2012, we have worked in partnership with GoI and UNICEF to develop and pilot functional capacity building models for community sports coaches and trainers at the grassroots level in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi.

With our unique Sport for Development (S4D) programme, we work towards empowering children and youth in areas of Education, Gender, Health, Leadership and Livelihood, promoting the concept of Right to Play. We have envisioned a growth plan of reaching out to 1,000,000 children and youth in 10 states of India, through over 2500 staff and 30000 volunteers by 2014. Towards this, Magic Bus is currently working in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Orissa and Karnataka.

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