British Athletics

Right To Play - Official Charity Partner of British Athletics​


Right To Play is proud to be British Athletics' first ever global charity partner. The two organisations have teamed up show the positive impact sport and play can have on young lives, and to help raise awareness about Right To Play's work and vital funds to support the children in our programmes.

Giving children a sporting chance

Play is not a luxury. It is the right of every child. Play is crucial for children's intellectual, social and emotional development. Play provides a retreat from everyday hardships and brings joy and laughter, allowing children to be children.

Sadly, not all children have the opportunity to learn and grow through play.

Right To Play use specially-designed, interactive games and sport to help children develop critical life skills, resolve conflicts without violence and learn about disease prevention. A relay race, for example, can teach children about the importance of immunisation and how to prevent malaria.

The power of sport and play

Both organisations share the belief that sport and play is positive and can change lives for the better. Play is vital in enabling children to realise their potential, whether that is Usain Bolt, Mo Farah or a child from a remote village in Ghana or refugee camp in Lebanon.

Niels de Vos, CEO of British Athletics said of the partnership: "I'm delighted that we're again able to support Right To Play and the amazing work they do in helping disadvantaged children. British Athletics shares Right To Play's vision that sport and play is positive and this partnership will go a long way in supporting that message." 

Right To Play Athlete Ambassador and London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, Greg Rutherford, sent a message of support for the partnership: "As a Right To Play Ambassador for over ten years I have seen first-hand how they are making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children through the power of sport and play. I am delighted that Right To Play and British Athletics have teamed up to help change children's lives. I'm fully behind the Right To Play's essential work and hope athletics fans around the country will be too."

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Get involved

There are lots of ways to support Right To Play’s work, here are just a few:

  1. Make a one off or regular donation to help us to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Just £30 could allow a child to tak e part in weekly play-based education for a year.

  2. Join Team Right To Play, our network of challenge event supporters, and keep more children safe with every mile you run, cycle or swim.

  3. Learn more about Right To Play's work here.

  4. Follow us on social media and sign up to Right To Play's monthly e-newsletter.

  5. Look out for Right To Play charity tournaments at the PokerStars Championships, as well as online tournaments on PokerStars.com.​


Contact us​​

​For more information on the PokerStars partnership or to find out how your company can work with Right To Play please contact:​

Neil Child-Dyer, Partnerships Manager​

P + 44 (0) 203 752 5649
nchild-dyer@righttoplay.com ​​​​​​​