Dubai-based business group signs partnership with UK charity

Club Fit For Business, a Dubai-based not-for-profit group, expands its work through a new partnership.
Dubai-based business group signs partnership with UK charity
By Tamara Pupic
Thu 11 Jun 2015 04:49 PM

A pair of Dubai and London-based not-for-profits have signed a new partnership to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people and communities across the world.

Club Fit For Business, a sports business community founded by Liam Mooney, a former professional rugby player and now Dubai-based businessman, has signed a partnership agreement with Sport for Development Charity Active Communities Network (ACN), a London-headquartered youth and community development charity.

The agreement ‘Global Charitable Partners’ was signed at the world-famous Oval Cricket Ground in London.

Speaking about their new partners, Gary Stannett MBE, CEO at Active Communities Network, said: “After working with Liam and John Stamper informally in the United Arab Emirates, it was clear that Club Fit For Business and Active Communities Network were like-minded at a strategic level.

“We have many networks in the Sport for Development sector across the globe, accessing incredible people and organisations at the grassroots level and higher up.

“The opportunities that are afforded when sport, charities and business can come together are numerous and can have a lasting impact.”

“This provides a perfect match, ensuring we can continue what we both set ourselves up to – provide opportunities through sport to those most disadvantaged around the world succeed in life.”

The partnership will see the two groups become Global Charitable Partners aligning their ambassadors to promote their work across the globe using sport to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people and communities across the world.

Those include the likes of footballers Jason Roberts and Rio Ferdinand, jockey Hayley Turner, rugby players Neil Clark, Apollo Perelini and Pedrie Wannenberg, adventurer Elin Haf Davies, sailor Ian Walker, boxer Roy Gumbs and many others.

Liam Mooney, the founder of Club Fit For Business, added: “This partnership means that we can utilise our top-end, high-level multinational partners and individuals to not only consolidate our own international development portfolio but utilise Active Communities Network grassroots and Sport for Development networks and fuse our two worlds together.

“We will be able to widen access to all of our members and provide them with even more opportunities to do business, and to do good.

“It’s a perfect match.”

Since the establishment in 2007, Active Communities Network have expanded its work from the UK/Ireland, to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and further afield.

Applying a ‘what works’ approach, the charity offers a consistent and year-round programme to young people through a network of dedicated staff who also act as peer role models.

Through their 5 Star Active partnership they support like-minded organisations, and with the new partnership with the Club Fit For Business they will tap into their networks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Since the establishment in May 2013 with the idea to help retired sportspeople in their transition, who from sport to business, the Club has grown to include over 10,000 subscribers and a big social media following.

In addition to a number of other industry accolades, the founder, Liam Mooney was awarded the Mentor of the Year award at the Arabian Business Startup Awards 2014, held last year in Dubai.

For more information about Club Fit For Business please email or visit the website at, Tweet @fitforbusiness2

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