Right To Play uses specially-designed sport and play programmes to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty, disease. Working in both the humanitarian and development contexts, Right To Play has projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Right To Play is a global-scale implementer of Sport for Development and Peace programmes and takes an active role in driving research and policy development in this area and in supporting children’s rights.

Right To Play focuses on four strategic program areas:

Basic Education and Child Development:

Right To Play’s sport and play programmes foster the healthy physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children, and are a child-friendly way to teach important values and life skills.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:

Right To Play sport and play programmes are used to educate and mobilize communities around national health and disease prevention priorities, including HIV and AIDS, malaria and immunization. Our regular activities provide knowledge, and help to build skills and attitudes that contribute to sustained behaviour change.

Conflict Resolution and Peace Education:

Right To Play programmes are used as tools for teaching conflict resolution and peace building skills. Regular activities also encourage and facilitate the normalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of children affected by war.

Community Development and Participation:

Right To Play builds local capacity by training community volunteers as ‘Coach Leaders’ to run our programmes (Train the Trainer). These men and women become positive role models for children, train other community volunteers, and learn leadership and job skills that create the foundation for community development. To ensure the sustainability of our work and strengthen local infrastructure, projects are run in partnership with community based organizations. Our programmes are managed by local staff and are supported by international volunteers.

Programme Resources

Working with our partners, funders and the local communities, Right To Play tailors every programme to meet identified needs. Each program has specific goals, impacts and outputs. To build each programme we draw upon our specially-designed sport and play-based resources, as well as the expertise of our programme development, research, monitoring and evaluation, policy and country office teams. The principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child underpin everything we do. We ensure that our programmes benefit the most marginalized children including girls, street children, former child combatants, refugees and children affected by HIV and AIDS.

Right To Play’s Team of Athlete Ambassadors

Right To Play is supported by an international team of top athletes from over 40 countries. These athletes inspire children, are role models for healthy lifestyle choices and help raise awareness and funding for Right To Play projects. Led by four-time Olympic gold medalist, and Right To Play President and CEO Johann Olav Koss, our Athlete Ambassadors include Wayne Gretzky, Martina Hingis, Dikembe Mutombo, Haile Gebrselassie, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, Anja Pärson, Chelsea Football Club and many more.