Global Design Challenge 2021 The Judges Scores are in!


Global Design Challenge 2021 The Judges Scores are in!

26 July 2021

The Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity 2021, had 256 registrants from an incredible 53 countries, making this a truly global event!

There were 58 final submissions from 24 countries as diverse as Cambodia, Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, Bulgaria and Costa Rica as well as several home grown ones from Ireland!

The quality of the submissions and the work and effort made by the submitting teams has blown the judges away. The teams really helped to deliver on the vision and mission of the Global Design Challenge by creating and developing new innovative ideas from around the world that enable people of all ages and abilities to lead active healthy lives.

The expert judging panel from around the world reviewed all the submissions and shortlisted these to the Top 25 which hailed from 16 different countries. From these, 7 development award winning submissions were selected:

  • Winner of €10,000 development grant goes to Spree from Ireland
  • Winner of €5,000 development grant goes to Stay Active from Finland
  • Winner of €2,500 development grant goes to Professional Preparation for Inclusive Physical Education from Mauritius
  • Winner of €1,000 development grant goes to Dare to Believe from Ireland
  • Winner of 3 x €500 development grants go to:
    • Dynamove from India
    • Designing Policy Evaluation Tools for the SDGs form Canada
    • Community Campus Portal from the UK

In addition, there are 3 Special Recognition Awards, sponsored by UNESCO, that further UNESCO's mission to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education’. The following teams were selected for awards of €500 each:

  • Youth Players for peace from Pakistan
  • Bio-adventures from Costa Rica
  • Traditional Dance and Games from Uganda

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Dr. Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics, Sport Ireland stated that “Sport Ireland is pleased to support the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity in a year that has been hugely challenging for sport around the world. The initiative has highlighted the importance of creativity and innovation if we are to get more people active and involved in sport and physical activity world-wide. It has also created a new platform for people to put forward ideas and progress these ideas, which is to be welcomed”.

The Global Design Challenge team wants to give a huge, heart-felt thanks to our patron UNESCO, our major partner, Sport Ireland and all the partners, supporters, colleagues, friends and participants who have made the Global Design Challenge 2021 a success. Through all of your contributions, we have created opportunities for everyone to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of being physically active across their lifespan.

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