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100 ways sport and recreation develops communities

This is a list of one hundred ways Sport and Recreation have contributed to (and can contribute to) Community Development, Youth Development, Economic Development, and Athletic Development.
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100 ways sport and recreation develops communities

How can sport contribute to community, youth, economic and athletic development?

The list is divided into five categories with 20 items under each category. The rationale is to show that sport can support a variety of goals in diverse contexts.

Social inclusion and cohesion
  1. Sport provides a vehicle for inclusion, drawing together people of different races, religions, and cultures.
  2. Sport can cause positive shifts in gender norms that afford girls and women greater safety and control over their lives.
  3. Women, girls, and people with disabilities are empowered by sport-based opportunities to acquire health information, skills, social networks, and leadership experience.
  4. Participation in a sport by people with disability may help them improve self-esteem and social integration.
  5. Sport and physical recreation by women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds enhance social inclusion as well as health and wellbeing.
Youth development
  1. Sport and development projects that focus on education use sport as a means to deliver educational messages to participants.
  2. Sport can be used to support young people’s leadership opportunities, through sport in a number of non-playing roles — referees, coaches administrators and trainers.
  3. Promote learning through play.
  4. Sport for development and peace has served to supplement education and health programmes.
  5. Through play and physical activity, kids learn and practice skills that become building blocks for more complicated movements.
Economic development
  1. Sport contributes to economic growth through business investment, employment, major events, and tourism.
  2. Sport is a powerful tool to enhance the physical fabric of communities, to stimulate the local economy, and to improve its image with outside investors and tourists.
  3. Sport contributes to social capital: increase social contact, develop new interests and increase self-confidence, sense of competence and self-esteem.
  4. Sports participation develops a wide range of skills and attitudes, including teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, decision-making, communications, personal management and administrative skills.
  5. The sports and leisure sector and its supporting industries are significant employers and contributors to the economy.
Health and wellbeing
  1. Sport reduces obesity.
  2. Sport improves mental health.
  3. Sport contributes to higher levels of self-esteem and self-worth.
  4. Sport provides people with support and assistance at times of stress, hardship and crisis.
  5. Exercise acts as a temporary diversion to daily stresses and it improves self-esteem.
Athletic development
  1. Athletes gain exposure to multiple sport chances.
  2. Young athletes have a better chances of sport participation later in life.
  3. Sport causes a rise in the levels of physical literacy.
  4. It increases motor skills development and performance.

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