Netball Family Unites for The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2023

The 6th April marks the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP).

This was a day declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, creating a historical link between the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and representing a significant step in recognising the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change.

Since 2014, as a reference to the yellow and red card in the sporting world, on the IDSDP a #WhiteCard has been used to symbolise sport standing in solidarity for peace and development.

World Netball has always supported this day, and this year is no different.

Each year there is also a theme for the day, and this year’s theme is “Scoring for the people and the planet”, which allows activities to continue to focus on the impact and influence of sport on sustainable development and peace.

World Netball prides itself on harnessing the power of sport to change lives, and through our inspirational role models and award-winning development programmes we inspire netballers to embrace opportunities and achieve their full potential both in and out of the sport.

Our strategic plan, under the core value of ‘Inspire’ sets out what we will be doing in the future as we continue this journey to make netball a sport that is open to all and work tirelessly to create a better world through netball.

At the World Netball HQ, based in Manchester, Salford, the Secretariat has also been doing their bit to contribute towards reducing climate change and creating a sustainable future.

Here are just a few of the small changes the ream has made:


The World Netball HQ moved in 2021 to the Tomorrow Building in MediaCityUK.

The Tomorrow Building was verified as Net Zero Carbon in September 2020 using the UK Green Building Council’s 2019 framework definition.

Collectively with other office buildings in the vicinity, the Tomorrow Building creates the highest cluster of third party verified Net Zero Carbon buildings in the UK based on their operational carbon emissions.

The World Netball Secretariat is proud to be part of this community.


In February 2022, the World Netball Secretariat signed up to Cycle to Work scheme, with members of the team getting involved in local cycle to work competitions.

In September 2022, World Netball came in the top 10 for journeys cycled for sport companies with 1-10 employees.

World Netball’s Executive PA, Cathy Hurman, and International Officiating Manager, Christina Barrow, are now on task to hit their next target, which is to complete 50 cycle rides between 23rd February and the 23rd May.

Well Done Cathy and Christina!


The World Netball Secretariat team also supports local businesses, through things such as getting their milk delivered by a local dairy in glass bottles, which are returned to the dairy, washed, and reused over and over.

These small changes all help to reduce the World Netball carbon footprint.

You can visit our strategic plan here.

To find out more about the IDSDP, click here.

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