At a glance

Sport Matters uses the power of sport to change the world.


We believe that everyone should have access and opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity in their community, for life.


In developed countries, most people take for granted the lessons, opportunities and the education that comes from participating in sport. In developing communities where people often have limited access to health care, education and employment, sport can play a significant role in improving quality of life and uniting communities.


Access to sport and physical activity is a fundamental human right. Sport is well recognised internationally as a low-cost and high-impact tool for development and a powerful agent for social change. It is a culturally accepted activity that unites families, communities and nations and brings people together.


Sport Matters is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives using the power of sport as a tool for development in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa. Using a rights-based approach Sport Matters combines sport and play with other non-sport outcomes to achieve specific development goals. These goals might be in the areas of health, education, economic development, disaster, peace and the environment and Sport Matters tailors solutions to meet community needs.



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Our board brings a wealth of experience in the corporate and not for profit sectors in Sport, International Development, Corporate Finance, Marketing, Sponsorship and Fundraising.

Our team of volunteers and consultants is growing fast and includes experts from a range of backgrounds and qualifications from health to rehabilitation to community development to sport management and coaching.


Sport Matters is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in New South Wales. ACN 153389676. ABN: 29153389676.

Sport Matters is currently a Provisional Member of ACFID and anticipate becoming Full Members in October 2013. The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) is the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations.


Sport Matters is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self - regulatory sector code of good practice. As a signatory we are committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity. Information about how to make a complaint can be found at

Sport Matters welcomes feedback from our stakeholders and is committed to integrity and transparency in its actions. We have a process for handling complaints which may be initiated by contacting either: 

- Jackie Lauff, CEO & Executive Director, or
- Liesl Tesch, a Non-executive Director,  

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"Sport has a crucial role to play in the efforts of the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world. Sport builds bridges between individuals and across communities, providing a fertile ground for sowing the seeds of development and peace."


Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace