Sports have a unique and universal appeal that make it possible to make an important contribution to social and economic development, especially for young people. Bovelander Foundation focuses on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and specifically:
SDG-3 – ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages: By developing and structurally offering sports, hockey in particular, and making sports accessible to more children and young adults we promote health and well-being.
SDG-4 – quality education: We focus on sustainable and positive development of children, young adults and their communities by means of our sports and games approach and by increasing the local training offer. We apply the policy that participation in our programs is only possible if a child is enrolled in a school and shows up regularly.
SDG-5 – gender equality: In our programs everyone is equal. Hockey is a sport that both genders play. It is the biggest team sport for women in India and many other countries. We focus on increasing the participation and acceptation of girls and young women in sports (both players and coaches) and communities.
SDG-8 – decent work and economic growth: by setting up hockey pyramids we build sustainable systems. As a result, we contribute directly to the increase of employment opportunities.
SDG-11 – inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable communities: Strengthening inclusive and safe coexistence by creating safe sports places for meeting and participation. Our school hockey league and hockey festivals, where we bring children from different schools, blocks and communities together, are probably the best example of this.
SDG-17 – partnerships for the goals: to make the most of our programs we work closely together with (local) NGOs and meaningful organizations with specific expertise.
We create a platform making it possible for other (local) organizations, that focus on (partly) different SDG, to join in our programs.