Sport Ireland has partnered with UCC and Student Sport Ireland to deliver the Global Design Challenge 2021.

The Global Design Challenge is  an international competition looking for ambitious, innovative ideas to get people physically active. GDC uses design thinking methodology to crowdsource ideas for incubation that will facilitate and encourage the return to sport and physical activity during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. You can get a quick overview about the initiative here

The Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity has Development Grants of up to €10,000 for the winning teams, and mentors and partner organisations ready to help turn ideas into real campaigns and initiatives.

In 2020, nearly 200 teams from around the world entered the Global Design Challenge, this year the organisers are aiming for twice that number, to crack the specific challenges in sport and physical activity, and in particular to find innovative ways to:

– remove barriers that are preventing the inclusion of all people in sport and physical activity regardless of physical ability, age, race or socio-economic background

– inspire community-level engagement in physical activity

– bring participants, volunteers and fans back to sport and physical activity

– use sport as a means to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a practical way

– reimagine how space is used by sport and physical activity to make it more sustainable and resilient to shocks and change

– motivate children and youth to engage in sport and physical activity, that leads to life-long interest

– harness technology to radically change the way sport and physical activity are imagined

– integrate sport and physical activity into leisure and lifestyle activities e.g. cycling for transport


The Global Design Challenge is happening from the 21st to the 27th of June, and individuals / team from Ireland can register now. Registration closes on Sunday 20th June.