With an inspiring vision of using sport “to trigger social change” in underprivileged communities, Grange Hotels is honoured to once again be hosting the annual Beyond Sport Summit and Awards at Grange St. Paul’s Hotel this October.
Grange Hotels first had the pleasure of hosting the event in 2012, when we were delighted to welcome over 750 attendees through the doors of the 5-Star Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, including an array of celebrated sports personalities.
The timing could not have been more poignant. Taking place from 23rd – 25th July, the event was held just two days before the London Olympics and Paralympic Games at a point when London, and indeed the world, was embracing sport more than ever before. Those showing valuable support included Chairman of London 2012, Lord Sebastian Coe; NHL Hall of Fame and Founding Partner of Healthy Planet Partners, Michael Richter; multi-Olympic gold medallists, Dame Kelly Holmes and Michael Johnson; and Official Patron of Beyond Sport, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
David Beckham and Muhammad Ali presented the ‘Generation Ali Beyond Sport Award’, recognising a young person who has overcome adversity through sport. Nick Keller, Beyond Sport’s Founder, commented on “sport’s power to change the world and the opportunities both business and government can secure by supporting it.”
Grange Hotels has a long history of supporting the sports sector, and Beyond Sport’s mission to help people make positive changes in their community through sport. Indian Ocean Disaster Relief (IODR), formed in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami, works primarily in the Indian Ocean region supporting and rebuilding the lives of those affected by natural and other disasters, especially vulnerable children. Through organising events and with the support of international figures, IODR is able to enhance and sustain awareness and raise vital funds.
Grange Hotels’ Managing Director and IODR Founder, Tony Matharu, explains how sport in particular plays a key role in the charity’s work: “We feel that it’s essential for children to participate in activities which help to relieve some of the trauma that they may well have experienced. Through sport and play, IODR helps children to work through their trauma, acting as a critical form of therapy.” IODR has built the IODR Oval in North Sri Lanka, following the cessation of hostilities in the region. Children, including child soldiers, who have known nothing other than war are now playing together. Enmities and differences tend to dissipate when play starts, as exemplified by the Murali Harmony Cup, created to rebuild trust amongst communities.
Since its inception, supported by Grange Hotels and other similar organisations, the Beyond Sport Foundation has awarded over $4million worth of funds and business support across 76 organisations in over 40 different countries, facilitating over 700 days of consulting sport including helping build Tanzania’s first all-weather multi-purpose sport facility which is being used by over 5,000 members of the community per year. Through the Beyond Sport Effect, the foundation tracks, records and celebrates the impact of these activities, with 100% of donations going straight to the most disadvantaged and excluded communities in the world.
This year’s event will be taking place from 19th October to 21st October, with Rugby Legend, Will Greenwood; Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, David Grevemberg; UNICEF UK President, Lord Ashdown; plus many more arriving in London for the seventh annual Summit and Awards. Grange Hotels looks forward to hosting the event as well as an abundance of sporting heroes, and is proud to be supporting such a worthy cause.