Play for Change Award

Play for Change award presented on the night will recognise a top-class athlete who is responsible for extraordinary social responsibility work through supporting, funding and advocating worthy campaigns, initiatives and projects for vulnerable children through sports.

Play for Change Award Winner

Anne Wafula Strike for her outstanding work with Olympia-Wafula Foundation and AbleChildAfrica




Anne Wafula Strike for her outstanding work with Olympia-Wafula Foundation and AbleChildAfrica



Anne runs her own foundation but also acts as an ambassador for Able Child Africa and provides a personal example of courage, commitment and determination that challenges misconceptions about disability.

Olympia-Wafula Foundation : The aim of the foundation is to promote healthy living solutions for differently able and disadvantaged people with special emphasis on education and advocacy to empower and enrich their lives through social inclusion.

AbleChildAfrica : A charity aiming to promote the realisation of equal rights for disabled children and their families in Africa and to facilitate their meaningful inclusion in all aspects of life.This is achieved by working in partnership with local African organisations to provide direct services such as health and education – including through pioneering sport projects – as well as advocacy and influencing work in the UK and internationally.

Learn more about Olympia-Wafula Foundation: and AbleChildAfrica:


Monica Gonzalez for her outstanding work with Gonzo Soccer


Gonzo Soccer is a soccer and leadership academy developed by professional soccer player and Mexican National Team member, Monica Gonzalez. Gonzo Soccer aims to have a significant and sustainable impact in the lives of young girls by focusing on three development areas: health, academics and personal growth. Growing the sport of women’s soccer means making it more accessible. Gonzo Soccer believes in removing barriers in order to provide equal opportunities for girls to enjoy a fun, safe environment to play, receive academic assistance, interact with positive female role models and learn valuable life skills.

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Jury Panellists 

Photo Shape Editor: Dr. Stephen Hills  Senior Lecturer, Sports Management, Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law, London Metropolitan University.

Dr. Stephen Hills has worked in Sport-for-Development for over a dozen years as a practitioner, teacher and researcher. As Director of Marketing for the World Golf Village in Florida he designed and implemented programmes designed to increase participation in golf, working with members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. He completed his PhD in Sport Management at Florida State University and worked with the IOC to undertake a strategic analysis of Olympism as a philosophy of social reform for his dissertation studies. Dr. Hills now leads on all Sport-for-Development provision at London Metropolitan University. He has been commissioned to evaluate Sport-for-Development programmes for organisations including the National Football League (NFL), Nike, England Boxing, Fulham Football Club, Barclays Bank, Magic Bus, Fight 4 Change and the World Golf Foundation. His publications have featured in academic outlets such as the Journal of Business Ethics.

Photo Shape Editor: Dalal – Head of Global Community Programs, Standard Chartered

Payal oversees all programs related to education (financial and digital literacy, workforce development and employability), health (HIV/AIDS and avoidable blindness), and emergency response and disaster relief. She also oversees the Bank’s flagship program, Goal, which engages and empowers adolescent girls through sport. Payal joined Standard Chartered in July 2008 as the Head of Public Affairs for the Americas.

With a professional background in international philanthropy and politics, Payal has worked for a wide range of public sector organisations including the World Affairs Council, the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Payal also worked on foreign policy for the Office of President William J. Clinton. In 2014, President and Secretary Clinton appointed Payal to be a program advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative; her post was renewed in 2015.


Photo Shape Editor: Barney – Social Development Advisor, UK Department for International Development (DfID)

Ed oversees a portfolio of work to generate research evidence on effective ways to tackle extreme poverty, improve gender equality and empower young people to become agents of change. Since joining DFID from HM Treasury in 2013 Ed has been the strategic lead on a number of sport related programmes that act as a tool for achieving sustainable development outcomes across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He is passionate about the unique role sport can play in engaging young people. Ed holds a BSc in the Sociology of Sport from Loughborough University and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Development. He is a keen athlete having played NCAA level soccer in the US and climbed Kilimanjaro.

Photo Shape Editor: Le Page – Director, Play for Change

Marie’s career to date has been spent in the arena of commercial strategy and business management – both in the corporate world and in the non-profit sector. With over 15 years’ experience, Marie has worked on a number of sustainability and social impacts projects with a wide range of public and private stakeholders. As Director, she is responsible for the quality and growth of Play for Change and for designing programmes which deliver measurable social impacts for children and young people.