Episode 16:


Published: November 2011: Updated June 2013, August 2017

Partners: Steffi de Jong and PlayAble

Steffi de Jong is the co-Founder of PlayAble—a remarkable organisation that is making a big difference to the lives of people in Africa. Steffi has turned a passion for using the power of sport for social change into creating PlayAble. Read all about a remarkable social enterprise.

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Today is our third Case Study where we profile an organisation doing great things in the world of sport, physical activity and disability.

It’s amazing what you come across when you start looking!

So today we’re introducing you to the work of PlayAble.

Ken had the opportunity to speak to Steffi de Jong, the co-Founder of PlayAble, at the 2011 Communities and Crisis seminar on ‘Inclusive Development through Sport’ in Rheinsberg, Germany (21st – 25th November).

Steffi has turned a passion for using the power of sport for social change by founding PlayAble whilst still at university.

Amongst other relevant qualifications, Steffi gained a Masters degree in Adapted Physical Activity at the well-known program based in Leuven, Belgium.

She has also studied in Norway, South Africa and France.

Steffi saw the potential of using sport to impact on the lives of disabled people.

Over the last four years, she has taken the PlayAble from a charity-based intervention to a social enterprise. Originally a program aimed offering training in inclusive activities to communities in developing nations, PlayAble has now grown into a social ‘franchise’ operation enabling people to take control of the program in their own settings.

Below is the video interview with Steffi and underneath you’ll find the full interview transcript to download if you wish.

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If you get a chance we strongly urge you to check out the PlayAble website and give them some support.


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About the author: Peter Downs

About the author: Peter Downs

Founding Director - The Inclusion Club

Peter is Founding Director of The Inclusion Club and Manager of Play by the Rules – a national initiative to promote safe, fair and inclusive sport. Peter has worked for over 25 years in the field of inclusive sport, disability sport and physical activity including 17 years managing the Australian Sports Commission’s Disability Sport Unit.  In 2013 Peter was fortunate enough to receive a Churchill Fellowship to study models of best practice in inclusive sport and physical activity.