Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP)
Australia’s principal vehicle for development through sport assistance is the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP).
ASOP is funded by AusAID and managed by the Australian Sports Commission. Through ASOP, Australia will provide up to $12.9 million from 2009-2014, to
deliver development through sport activities:
- country-specific activities in seven Pacific island countries
- a regional activity in the Caribbean
- grants programs for smaller community-driven sports activities across the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
- Help address the four primary risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly physical inactivity.
- Support people with disability by improving the quality of their lives, including by increasing their inclusion in society.
Development through sport can also:
- Improve social cohesion by bringing people in communities together in a positive way.
- Positively engage young people and help them learn important life skills including leadership, teamwork, respecting rules, discipline and
ASOP Pacific Sport Development Grants
The Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) Pacific Sport Development Grants program provides assistance of up to $AUD 10,000 to targeted small–medium
size community sport development projects which provide benefits to the community (community development) through increased community participation in sport
and physical activity.
More on ASOP Pacific Sport Development Grants [external link]
Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP)
PSP, also funded by AusAID and managed by the Australian Sports Commission, is a competitive grants program open to Australian National Sporting
Organisations and their Pacific counterparts.
Through PSP, Australia is providing $29 million over eight years (to 2017) to contribute to social development through eleven sports across the
PSP is delivered through partnerships between the Australian Government and Australian, regional and Pacific island sports organisations.
The 11 successful grant recipients will support their Pacific counterparts to strengthen their capacity to deliver development-through-sport programs that
- increase regular participation of Pacific Islanders, including people with disability, in grassroots sport activities
- improve health-related behaviours of Pacific Islanders which impact on non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factors, focusing on increasing levels of
- improve attitudes towards and increase inclusion of people with disability in Pacific communities.
More on PSP [external link]
Australian Sports Outreach Program Initiatives
||Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons and Fiji Disabled People’s Federation
||In Fiji, ASOP has partnered with the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons and the Fiji Disabled People’s Federation to provide
opportunities for people with disability to participate in sport and use sport as a vehicle to promote increased inclusion and positive community attitudes
towards people with disability.
||The Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs
||In Kiribati, ASOP has partnered with the Ministry of Internal and Social affairs to facilitate increased youth leadership, improved
positive health-related behaviours and increased employment-related knowledge and skills of young people.
||Ministry of Sport, Health and Justice
||In Nauru, ASOP has partnered with the Ministry of Sport, Health and Justice to facilitate increased leadership and engagement of
Nauruans in community activities, and improved positive health-related behaviours.
||Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture
||In Samoa, ASOP has partnered with the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture to facilitate increased youth leadership and improved
positive health-related behaviours of villagers.
|ASOP Solomon Islands
||Save the Children
||In the Solomon Islands, ASOP has partnered with Save the Children Australia to facilitate increased youth leadership and
participation, promote positive health related behaviours of young people and address livelihoods of young people through sport and physical activity.
||Ministry of Health; Ministry of Training, Employment, Youth and Sport (MOTEYS); and Tonga Netball Association
||In Tonga, ASOP has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Training, Employment, Youth and Sport to facilitate
increased women’s leadership and improved positive health-related behaviours of women.
||Department of Youth Development, Sports and Training
Sanma Frangiapani Disability Association
Save the Children
Aniwa Island Community
|In Vanuatu, ASOP has partnered with the Department of Youth Development, Sports and Training to assist identified organisations
within Vanuatu increase the engagement of young people in social development programs through their participation in sports-based activities.
||Caribbean Community and the Trinidad and Tobago Alliance for Sports and Physical Education
In the Caribbean, ASOP has partnered with the Caribbean Community and the Trinidad and Tobago Alliance for Sports and Physical
- develop youth leadership
- improve health related behaviours and increase awareness of priority health issues, with a particular focus on sexual health and
- increase opportunities for people with disability to participate in their community.