Yesterday (February 6), Benedict visited the Active Communities Network Programme in south London. The project is funded by the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, which is the organizer of the Laureus World Sports Awards. Benedict will be hosting the event on February 27 in Monaco. Below you can read the official note about Cumberbatch’s visit to the programme posted on Laurens site:
He has played the role of a doctor, a detective and a genius, and today Hollywood actor and Arsenal supporter Benedict Cumberbatch tried his hand at football as he visited the Laureus-supported Active Communities Network programme in South London.
Ahead of hosting the Laureus Awards in Monaco on February 27, the star of Sherlock, The Imitation Game and Dr Strange spoke with volunteers and participants at the Laureus-supported Active Communities Network programme in South London. The young people from the local community use sport as a pathway to make positive lifestyle choices, learn life skills and progress into education, training and employment programmes.
Having hosted both the 2014 Awards in Kuala Lumpur and the 2015 Awards in Shanghai, Benedict is aware of the work Laureus Sport for Good undertakes around the world, but today’s visit was an opportunity to learn first-hand the ways in which sport helps young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage in South London.
The 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards will celebrate sporting success and achievement over the past calendar year, while also recognising the true value sport can have in uniting communities and acting as a positive force for change. For more information and to stay updated in the build up to the Awards, visit awards.laureus.com and follow #Laureus18 on social media platforms.
Benedict Cumberbatch: “Later this month, the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards will celebrate sporting excellence, but we’ll also recognise and celebrate the good which can be achieved through sport at all levels. Laureus Sport for Good supports more than 100 programmes around the world, and having spent time with the young people from the Laureus-supported Active Communities Network programme in London today, I’ve seen the transformational power sport can have in helping young people better themselves in their everyday lives.