SportBase is a new community based initiative that works in partnership with local communities enabling and empowering individuals to improve their lives following periods of unrest, war or natural disaster.
SportBase aims to develop community sports based projects and initiatives. These have proved successful in bringing together communities and providing young people with a channel to focus their energy in both a positive and rewarding way.
This ground breaking sports based programme is delivered through a regular presence in, and commitment to, environments where often children may be more used to seeing a firearm than a football. Its aim is to reach out and assist damaged communities in regaining their pride and sense of community, allowing all sides to develop and pull together to provide a safer environment for all.
Specifically involved in this project are Zinzan Brooke and Paul Elliott.
Zinzan is one of the finest rugby union players of his generation. He played 58 tests and 42 non international matches for New Zealand, as well as captaining the Auckland Blues to the Super 12 Championships in 1996 and 1997. He is considered one of the best number eights to have played for the All Blacks. Upon retiring from international rugby, Zinzan played for Harlequins and then went on to manage Windsor Rugby Club.
Paul Elliott CBE
Paul has had a successful football career playing for various clubs including Charlton Athletic, Celtic, Chelsea and Pisa as well as representing England at both youth and senior levels. Paul is a high profile advocate for equality not just in sport, but in all aspects of life. He is actively involved with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the European Parliament, the English Football Association and Football Against Racism in Europe, as well as man