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‘The Power of Play’: a landmark report on sport for development in India

‘The Power of Play’: a landmark report on sport for development in India

Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Patrick Suckling, released the report 'The Power of Play' about the transformative impact of sport for development on the lives of young people in India.

“The Power of Play report reinforces existing work on the success of sport in contributing to development, and, in this context, the importance of high levels of community participation in sport as a part of any country’s healthy development. The report makes a case for further participation in sport by all young people in India,”

 said Mr Suckling.

Commissioned by the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) India and researched by leading Indian philanthropic NGO, DASRA, The Power of Play suggests the potential of sport to address a wide range of development issues is beginning to be realised in India.

“Sport has the potential to be so much more than just play and games – Indian not-for-profit organisations such as Magic Bus, Naz Foundation and Special Olympics Bharat have proven that well-designed and monitored sport programs can achieve diverse development outcomes,” said Matthew Spacie, MBE, Board Member, DASRA.

“Philanthropists and funders must approach sport as a unique, cost-effective tool that promotes healthy behaviour, encourages education, fosters gender equity, enhances inclusion and fuels economic development,” he added.

The Power of Play recommends the integration of sport in India’s development agenda, development of proficient ‘best practice’ programs, and effective program delivery leading to program sustainability.

The report findings are based on a review of 70 non-profit organisations running sport for development programs in India. It highlights the work of a range of organisations including Magic Bus, The Naz Foundation, Rashtriya Life Saving Society India, Special Olympics Bharat, International Council for Research on Women and Dream A Dream.

[This article has been edtied by the Operating Team]


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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 23:00