What is it?

eqUIP is a Commonwealth wide approach to develop youth leaders through internship and employment opportunities, empowering them to make a positive contribution to their communities through sport.

Who is it for?

This programme that targets youth of the Commonwealth has been running since September 2014 in Europe and Africa. In 2020 it was expanded to Asia with the Caribbean and Americas joining in 2021. This flagship programme has supported over 90 placements. In 2022 the programme will be expanded to Oceania and will also include a new component with the Games Host City opportunities.

What does the programme provide?

Commonwealth Games Associations provide an opportunity for young leaders to join them in a year-long placement during which interactive educational workshops are delivered by the CGF.


We have been given the platform to be global, to be international…to enrich our skills.
Sharon – S. Africa

How are the interns recruited?

Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) partner with local educational institutions to select the intern and identify the initiatives and projects that interns will work on during their 12-month placements. For the first time ever in 2022, the programme will also be integrated with Games Host Cities to create games time skills development and work experience opportunities.

What does success look like?

The goal of eqUIP is to offer Commonwealth youth an educational and skills development work experience that empowers them as young leaders to become self-reliant and make a positive contribution to their communities through sport.

To achieve this goal the following five measurable objectives have been identified:

  • Creating Collaborative Partnerships
  • Empowering Youth Networks
  • Youth Education and Professional Development Internships
  • Employability and Career Advancement
  • Raise Awareness through Effective Story Telling
eqUIP has been a stepping stone for higher grounds for me.
Tinyiko – Zambia