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Congratulations to QPR: Beyond Sport Announces Official Shortlist For Beyond Sport Awards 2012
Beyond Sport, the global organisation that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport as a tool for positive change across the world, is delighted to unveil the official shortlist for the Beyond Sport Awards 2012.
30 projects have been shortlisted that reach nearly 40 countries, and use more than 20 different sports. They were chosen from 322 entries from 135 countries that submitted applications to this year’s Beyond Sport Awards.
By reaching this stage of the judging process, each project has secured an invitation to attend the fourth annual Beyond Sport Summit, taking place from July 23rd to 25th in London. Throughout the Summit, the shortlisted projects will have the opportunity to interact with Beyond Sport's extensive network of corporate business, government, philanthropy, international aid organisations and sporting federations, all with the ability to significantly impact the reach and capabilities of the sport and development movement.
The Beyond Sport Award winners, to be selected by the panel of Beyond Sport Ambassadors, will then receive a substantial package of business support to help them grow and become sustainable in the future.
Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, commented: “The Beyond Sport Awards unearth leaders using sport as a tool for positive change and provide them with the resources, platform, contacts and opportunities to turbo-charge their growth and impact. We are delighted to reveal this year’s shortlist, which comes after many hours of deliberation from more than 25 experts in their field. To be chosen from more than 300 entries for a place on this shortlist represents a fantastic achievement on the part of all these projects.”
For more information on Beyond Sport, the Beyond Sport Summit and the Beyond Sport Awards visit www.beyondsport.org.
The official shortlist for the Beyond Sport Awards 2012 is below:
BEYOND SPORT AWARDS 2012 OFFICIAL SHORTLIST
Sport for Social Inclusion
• A Ganar
Parent Organisation: Partners of the Americas
• Girls Kick It, Chicken House Project
Parent organisation: Global Youth Partnership for Africa
• Sport & Territory
Parent organisation: Positive Futures North Liverpool
Sport for Health
• Sitball 4Life
Parent organisation: Association des Handicapées Universitaires au Rwanda (AHUR)
• Sports Training and Outreach Program on HIV
Parent organisation: ONOC
• WASH United
Parent organisation: WASH United GmbH
Sport for Conflict Resolution
• AMANDLA EduFootball
Parent organisation: AMANDLA EduFootball e.V.
• Dance 4 Peace Philippines
Parent organisation: Dance 4 Peace, Inc.
• Twinned Basketball Clubs
Parent organisation: PeacePlayers International - Middle East
Sport for Education
• Craig Bellamy Foundation Youth Development League
Parent organisation: Craig Bellamy Foundation
• Sports for Education, Education for the Future
Parent organisation: Policy Center for Roma and Minorities
• Tiny Toones Breakdance School
Parent organisation: Tiny Toones
Sport for the Environment
• NHL Water Restoration Project
Parent organisation: NHL
• NRDC Sports Greening Project
Parent organisation: Natural Resources Defense Council
• The Council for Responsible Sport’s ReSport Certification
Parent organisation: Council for Responsible Sport
Best New Project
• Global Outreach and Love of Soccer (GOALS) Haiti
Parent organisation: Global Outreach and Love of Soccer
• Isiqalo - Waves for Change
Parent organisation: Isiqalo Foundation
• Sports for Change
Parent organisation: Groundwork West Midlands
Federation or Governing Body of the Year
• Australian Rugby League Commission
• Commonwealth Games Association of Canada (CGC)
• Premiership Rugby
Corporate of the Year
• Standard Chartered Bank
• Telkom South Africa
Team of the Year
• Boston Celtics
• Memphis Grizzlies
• Queens Park Rangers FC
• RIHP NTH QLD RUBIES
• Tottenham Hotspur Beyond Sport
- Congratulations to QPR: One of Teams Shortlisted by "Beyond Sport" for SportsTeam of the Year
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READING FC and Queens Park Rangers are set to be involved in a tug-of-war for the services of defender Matt Connolly.
The 24-year-old joined Royals on loan from parent club QPR in January and went on to make five appearances before suffering an ankle injury at Millwall.
He returned to play the final game of the season at Birmingham City, but now faces an uncertain summer after admitting he is not sure where he will be next season.
"Right now, I have no idea what the future holds. I still have one year left on my contract at QPR and I respect and honour that. I don't know how Mark Hughes [QPR manager] feels or has in his mind or what players he wants to keep, but I will go back there for pre-season and train," he said.
"Until I speak to them I don't know what's going to happen. Whatever happens over the summer happens, I'm not sure."
With QPR battling relegation from the top flight, Connolly is not even sure whether he will be playing Premier League football next season or not.
But asked whether he would like to stay at the Madejski, the defender said it 'felt like home' from the moment he joined.
"They are an amazing group of players and staff and it helped a lot. Brian [McDermott] is a great manager and I've had a great time here. But I have one more year with QPR," he commented.
"Every player wants to be wanted and I'm not sure what Brian is thinking at the moment but it's nice to have options."
While Connolly's future is unclear, Reading have confirmed that Andy Griffin, Brian Howard and Tomasz Cywka will not be staying with the club this summer..." Reading Chronicle
Among the memories collected over the six years since Nick Ward last played for Perth Glory is a brief dressing room encounter with supermodel Naomi Campbell.
After earning the A-League's young player of the year accolade for his impressive 2005-06 season with Glory, Ward had signed for English club Queens Park Rangers, then under the ownership of Formula One tycoon Bernie Eccle-stone and Italian businessman Flavio Briatore.
After one particular QPR defeat, Ward recalls Briatore walking into the changing room, with his former partner Campbell at his side, to let the players know the performance had not been good enough.
Briatore's "if you don't perform, you're gone" message was typical; Campbell's presence among the sweaty shirts and shin pads, not so.
"I said hi to her and she said hi back," Ward recalled yesterday, still amused by the peculiarity of the circumstances.
The 27-year-old might have learnt nothing from that particular exchange but the often bizarre experience of being at the Loftus Road club prepared Ward for the game's roller-coaster nature.
"I was a bit nave," he said. "I went to a club that had a lot going on and still has a lot going on."
Soon after Gary Waddock, the manager who had signed Ward, was sacked, the youngster was farmed out from QPR to Brighton and Hove Albion before his English sojourn came to an abrupt end.
"I don't regret going to England because I came back (to the A-League in 2007) and went into a Melbourne Victory side that played in two grand finals and won one," Ward said.
But he does regret making a hasty decision to cut short his Victory spell to join Wellington Phoenix in September 2010.
"I went to Wellington to play more games and to get back overseas," he said.
"I was chasing this dream that wasn't there. There's a great group of lads (at Wellington) and I really enjoyed being with them but with the lifestyle and that sort of thing, I wasn't the happiest.
"I should've played out the rest of the season with Victory."
The game time he had hoped to get under Phoenix boss Ricki Herbert was also in short supply last season and Ward was relieved when he was given the opportunity to return to Glory.
"It's been a tough two years and that's why I saw coming back here as a good opportunity," he said.
"It's a good time for me to come back home.
"I've got the support of my family and I will be in a good frame of mind so I can focus purely on football. I've got a one-year deal and I've got to prove my worth.
"My body feels good and I feel like I've learnt a lot about the game since I was here. I think I've got a lot to offer."
Ward, who made his Glory debut in the 2003-04 National Soccer League season, is confident the club can maintain the high standard set this season when it reached the A-League grand final for the first time, only to be beaten by a late goal against Brisbane Roar.
I feel like I've learnt a lot about the game since I was here. I think I've got a lot to offer." The West Australian
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