Children taking part in sport through International Inspiration programme in Soroti, Uganda

British Council

Development through sport

International Inspiration is the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games international sport legacy programme.

Launched in 2007, International Inspiration aims to enrich the lives of 12 million children of all abilities in schools and communities in 20 countries through the power of high quality and inclusive physical education, sport and play.

The British Council, along with UK Sport and UNICEF, works with local partners to deliver the programme across 20 countries, including the United Kingdom. In sub-Saharan Africa, International Inspiration has been working in schools and communities in Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

How did it work?

The programme operated at three different levels of intervention:

  • policy-makers such as governments and sports bodies
  • practitioners and delivery infrastructure such as schools, sports clubs and coaches
  • participants such as children and young people.

A celebration of Success

On May 9 2014 programme partners British Council, Unicef and UK Sport officially handed over International Inspiration Ugnda to the Ministry of Education at Soroti Main Sports Grounds. Over 200 children took part in field events that day, displaying the skills they had learnt over the past three years. 

The Minister of Sports and Education Honourable Jessica Alupo was joined by British Council Director of Uganda, Peter Brown and Head of International Development UK Sport, Robert Morini and UNICEF Education Specialist, Emmie Pakkala. Watch the news report of the event.


Our success, in numbers

International Inspirations Uganda, in numbers:

  • 15,687 students and pupils have participated in joint projects between Uganda and UK schools
  • 1,791 young sports leaders and teachers have been trained to mentor young people in 2012
  • 63 coaches have been trained in internationally-recognised methodology called TOPS
  • 12 of these coaches have qualified to become master trainers
  • two of the master trainers, Christine Nalwadda of Kibuli Secondary School and Lydia Watulo of Nabumali Secondary School, have been selected to train as international coaches
  • two special needs schools, Wakiso School for the Deaf and St. Francis School for the Blind, have participated in the programme.
  • one of the students, Ketty Agaso, from St. Francis School for the Blind, represented Uganda as a Young Leader at the UK School Games organised by Sainsburys. She was a volunteer at the event and she received an award for being the most determined young leader.

Our achievements

A national coach education framework has been developed in partnership with Kyambogo University, UNICEF, Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Gender and Social Development, Uganda Olympics Committee, National Council for Sports, FENU and other sports fraternities.

A community sports pilot programme has been set up to develop community sports using local resources to enhance sports skills of young people both in and out of school.

Three projects: Sport for Peace, Sport for Health and Sport for Education have been launched in partnership with VSO and supported by UK Sport to further sports development in northern Uganda via the Uganda Youth Development Center in Labora and its 42 satellite centres.

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