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"UNESCO’s Office in New Delhi has worked closely with Pro Sport Development on our Sports for Development programming and commissioned them to produce ‘More Than a Game’, an exploratory study examining the impact of COVID-19 on the use of sports for social good across the country. This important work has served as a baseline for the launch of UNESCO’s flagship ‘Fit for Life’ initiative in the country. PSD proved to be a knowledgeable and grounded partner for this engagement, listening carefully to the voices of many different stakeholders working across the sports ecosystem in the country and consolidating their insights into strong, forward-looking conclusions and recommendations. It has been a pleasure to work with them on this project.”

Euan Mackway-Jones, UNESCO India

"PSD has been a gold standard partner for KickOff Solutions, a nonprofit platform integrating Sports-for-Development nonprofits to promote underprivileged girl leaders as role models & changemakers. There are three key areas where I feel PSD is special, and we're thankful for them:
- Collaborative intent: PSD can boast of a rare culture that is devoid of insecurity, where everyone across leadership and team-members seem to be keen to both share and learn with intent.
- Respectfulness among each other, and with beneficiary girls and stakeholders: Whether it's Bhakta-ji while conducting a coaching session or Akash-ji when attending a program with the girls, the attention to the needs of others, particularly the girls' voices and considerations like safety & relevance, the sense of mutual respect is extraordinary!
- Documentation with focus on results & stories: Very few organizations we know lend themselves to the level of self-driven discipline around caring to document & share program developments and stories like PSD does, and we've been naturally delighted with this process."

Anand Devsharma, KickOff Solutions

“PSD has been a partner of Girls Not Brides (GNB) since 2019. Initially, we worked together to organize a South Asia consultation on using a sports for development approach to end child early and forced marriage. Thereafter, PSD trained 100 youth grassroots practitioners from member organizations of GNB in three states of India.”

PSD’s innovative techniques ensured that the training and tools were well received by the participants. PSD ensured that grassroots practitioners could implement the new learning with the creation of an excellent handbook. PSD’s intervention was strategic, youth focused and included theory as well as practical sports-based activities. We found the entire team at PSD to be passionate about their work and very open to co-creation and collaboration!”

Divya Mukand, Girls Not Brides

 

“हमारी पार्टनरशिप बहुत मीनिंगफुल रही है। खासकर खेल के मैदान में हो या वर्कशॉप में, फुटबॉल खेल रही लड़कियों ने खेल का जुडाव अपने जीवन के साथ करना सीखा है। लड़कियां अब अपनी भावनाओं और व्यवहार पर बेहतर नियंत्रण कर पा रही हैं।”

इंदिरा पंचोली, महिला जन अधिकार समिति

 

“It has been a pleasure working with PSD – they have supported our communications and helped us amplify the messaging of our International Platform on Sport and Development. They have been professional and personable, and easy to engage. We have enjoyed partnering with them and recommend them to others working in sport and development.”

Ben Sanders, sportanddev

 

“Laureus worked with Pro Sport Development (PSD) on a piece of research to scope suitable communities in Delhi for a programme we were looking to implement in Delhi. PSD were professional, on time with their delivery, and very knowledgeable about the sport for the development sector in their local area and the communities within Delhi. It was a pleasure to work with them on this research, and would recommend them highly.”

Neel Sood, Laureus Sport For Good

 

“Pro Sport Development is excellent. We worked with PSD to co-create and execute a participant selection process and program design for a sports-based youth leadership development program. The PSD team is hard-working, strategic, clear in communication, reliable and personable. We’d work with them again in a heartbeat!"

Nicole Wriedt, Sport Forward

 

“Sports-based approaches are a great way to break patriarchal social norms and enlist the support of communities for gender equality. It was very stimulating to work with PSD and PRIA to build a strategy for the same, because of their passion for the work, commitment and their understanding of such approaches. We look forward to the development sector getting enriched by their work.”

Pankaj Anand, Director of Program and Advocacy, Oxfam India

 

“With many grassroots organizations working in the Sports for Development sector, PSD stands out because they have created a structured curriculum which is goal specific and impact driven.”

Kushal Agarwal, Monkey Sports

 

“It was a great opportunity to witness the activities of PSD which brought out the child within all our Sikhsha Saathis and shredded their fear, and pressure while giving them strong learning tools to engage with students effectively. The gaps within the teacher and the students are very diluted in such a set up. As I believe best learning happens when students and teachers believe themselves to be co learners and co travelers in the learning journey, and it can best be demonstrated through the activities.”

Siddharth Mishra, Harsha Trust