PtG Article 09.06.2011

Journalist unions donate 7.500 Euros to fund travel grants for Play the Game 2011

For the third consecutive conference, the journalist unions of Denmark and Norway have made a considerable contribution to Play the Game’s travel grant programme allowing sports journalists from less privileged countries to participate in the Play the Game conference.

In 2009 the Play the Game travel grant programme was able to offer full or partial grants to 14 media professionals, sports researchers, sports leaders and other relevant persons from countries like Uganda, Brazil and Kosovo and many other countries.

This year’s conference in Cologne can look forward to the participation of grant holders too. The Danish Union of Journalists – Dansk Journalistforbund – has donated 5.000 euro to the 2011 programme and another 2.500 euro have come from the Norwegian sister organisation Norsk Journalistlag.

The grant holders’ participation is essential to ensure a rewarding and factual debate, mirroring the entire sport political arena in a globalised society.

The Play the Game grants are given to applicants who are actively taking part in the sports debate in their home countries and who are believed to be able to add value to Play the Game’s agenda in different ways, either by presenting papers at the conference, by reporting on conference issues to national media or in other ways.

In the selection of grant recipients, Play the Game aims at securing a fair distribution of subsidies taking into consideration gender, age, geographical origin, function in the public sports debate etc. all adding to the belief that the bigger the diversity the conference can present, the bigger the effect.

39 applicants from 27 countries have sent in their application to participate in Play the Game 2011 in Cologne on 3-6 October and with the generous contribution from the Danish and Norwegian journalist unions, Play the Game is ready to start the selection process securing the participation of applicants in Germany.

The deadline for grant applications has passed.

Dansk JournalistforbundNorsk Journalistlag