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Team Up partners with major event organisers to support the delivery of activities and services related to our areas of focus, and to build the capacity of Pacific islanders to deliver these. In particular, Team Up provides support in the areas of safeguarding, media and women's leadership. Read on to learn more about our event partnerships. 

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Team Up supported the Games Organising Committee (GOC) of the Sololmon Islands 2023 Pacific Games to plan and deliver the Games News Service (GNS). The GNS is a Games-time newsroom producing written and photographic coverage of the Games for publication on the Games website and distribution to international media and other Games stakeholders.

As part of a partnership that ran throughout 2023, Team Up supported GOC in staffing and editorial planning for the GNS, and sent a Games-time team of six experienced Team Up staff and staff from Team Up-supported partner organisations to join the Solomon Islands-based GNS workforce. This cohort was drawn from Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The activity was also designed as a capacity building opportunity for Team Up partner staff, allowing them to broaden their sports reporting and writing skills in a newsroom environment, and gain a greater understanding of media operations at a major sports event.

This partnership created several achievements, including:

  • The first Pacific Games News Service delivered entirely by Pacific islanders
  • Training of a new cohort of Solomon Islands sports reporters and photographers
  • Gender-equal coverage of all events
  • Unprecedented coverage of Para events

Watch this video to hear from the Solomon Islands 2023 GNS workforce about what Team Up's support meant to them.


Team Up formalised a partnership with the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 (FWWC23) to support the delivery of safeguarding components as part of the tournament.

Building on opportunities to strengthen safeguarding capacity of sport for development program staff across the Pacific, Team Up partnered with the FWWC23 local organising committee in Australia to provide safeguarding support in four of the tournament's five Australian host cities (Adelaide/Tarntanya, Brisbane/Meaanjin, Perth/Boorloo and Sydney/Gadigal and Wangal).

Team Up provided three safeguarding specialists from Oceania (Team Up staff) to work alongside the FWWC23 local organising committee safeguarding manager during the tournament period. In addition, Team Up identified and trained eight Pacific safeguarding champions from our partners to work alongside the safeguarding specialists, supporting the delivery of safeguarding activities throughout the tournament.

Read more about this safeguarding partnership, and watch a video featuring reflections from the Pacific safeguarding champions on their experiences at the tournament.

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International Working Group on Women & Sport Conference

Team Up and the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport - the world’s largest gathering to advance advance gender equity and equality in sport, physical education and physical activity - formed a partnership for the 8th IWG Woman and Sport World Conference, held in New Zealand in November 2022.

The hybrid design of the conference provided an opportunity for people who were unable to attend in-person to join via a virtual pass, however the costs to attend virtually were still prohibitive to many people in the Pacific region.

Team Up had particular interest in ensuring this event was accessible our partners across the Pacific and so, with permission from the IWG on Women & Sport Secretariat, Team Up hosted three Pacific hubs in Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Samoa to facilitate attendance of partners based in those countries. Additional virtual passes were purchased for Team Up partners in Tonga and Vanuatu.

A total of 371 people, who would not have otherwise been able to attend the conference in Auckland, were able to attend and benefit from the event as a result of the Pacific hubs. Of these attendees, 81 percent identified as women.

The Pacific hubs facilitated networking as well as attendance at the conference, and hosted a series of country-specific panel discussions to complement the conference’s global content. This successful pilot demonstrated that similarly designed regional hubs can be delivered as alternative conference attendance options in regions where attending large-scale events in person can be challenging due to geographical barriers or socio-economic status. 

Expo 2020 Dubai

Team Up partnered with the Australian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to deliver a week of women's sport activities in conjunction with International Women's Day in March 2022.

The flagship event was a full-day women in sport forum, co-hosted by UN Women and the Australian Government, featuring sessions on various topics related to women in sport globally and speakers from the Middle East, the Pacific, and the Secretary General of FIFA, Fatma Samoura.

Representatives of four Team Up partner organisations from Fiji, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Vanuatu spoke at the forum and led several other activities throughout the week, including demonstrations of their Team Up-supported sport for development programs featuring badminton, cricket, football and rugby league.

Team Up also delivered a sports diplomacy roundtable event, a sports journalism workshop to students from the University of Wollongong in Dubai, a screening of the multi-award-winning PNG women's sports documentary Power Meri, and a conversations-style event celebrating Pacific sportswomen who work on Team Up-supported programs, exploring their lives as athletes, administrators and change-makers and the impact of sport on gender equality.

The event provided a rare platform for Pacific sportswomen to share their personal stories, and the impact of their sport for development programs, with a global audience. Read more about their experiences and watch a series of videos about Team Up's activities at Expo.

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