Internationally-renowned weightlifter Jo Calvino presented a new global partnership between our network partner – Sport for Development Charity Active Communities Network (ACN) and Club Fit For Business – an award winning global sports business community – at the world-famous Oval Cricket Ground in central London today.

Photos from the launch to come.

The partnership will see the two not-for-profits become Global Charitable Partners, aligning their ambassadors which include footballers Jason Roberts and Rio Ferdinand, jockey Hayley Turner, rugby players Neil Clark, Apollo Perelini and Pedrie Wannenberg, adventurer Elin Haf Davies, sailor Ian Walker, boxer Roy Gumbsi and many others, to expand their networks and promote their work across the globe using sport to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people and communities across the world.

Active Communities Network currently work across the UK/Ireland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and further afield with the new partnership tapping into the Club Fit For Business networks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East – and vice versa.

The long-term partnership aims to raise the awareness of both organisations’ work and maximise opportunities available to those individuals, communities and organisations who they work with.

Gary Stannett MBE, CEO, Active Communities Network said:
“After working with Liam and John Stamper informally in the United Arab Emirates, it was clear that Club Fit For Business and Active Communities Network were likeminded at a strategic level.

“We have many networks in the Sport for Development sector across the globe, accessing incredible people and organisations at the grassroots level and higher up.

“The opportunities that are afforded when sport, charities and business can come together are numerous and can have a lasting impact.”

“This provides a perfect match, ensuring we can continue what we both set ourselves up to – provide opportunities through sport to those most disadvantaged around the world succeed in life.”

Liam Mooney, Founder, Club Fit For Business said:
“This partnership means that we can utilise our top-end, high-level multinational partners and individuals to not only consolidate our own international development portfolio but utilise Active Communities Network grassroots and Sport for Development networks and fuse our two worlds together.

“We will be able to widen access to all of our members and provide them with even more opportunities to do business, and to do good.

“It’s a perfect match.”

Jo Calvino, Team GB Weightlifter, Active Communities Network Trustee and 5 Star Active Ambassador said:
“As an Active Communities Network trustee it gives me great pleasure to announce our partnership with Club Fit For Business today.

“It not only represents a strategic strengthening for our charity but it allows the young people we work with to gain skills and experience for the workplace, linking with the partners that Club Fit For Business have.

“As an athlete too it is exciting to join forces with their ambassadors, such inspirational people – not least the explorer Elin Haf Davies – I look forward to working with everyone involved and cannot wait to get started.”

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