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Preparing for long-term success: Sport for development’s strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic

Preparing for long-term success: Sport for development’s strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic

Publication type

Journal Articles

Publisher

Journal of Sport for Development

Year

2022

In the latest from the Journal of Sport for Development, this study looked at 10 South African sport for development organizations to assess how they innovated and adjusted to the pandemic.

Every individual across the globe has been, and continues to be, impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Sport for Development (SfD) is a field of work that relies predominantly on in-person, face-to-face, high contact programming. SfD’s work, therefore, was significantly strained due to social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders. This study compiled interviews with administrators in 10 South African based SfD organizations, assessing how they innovated and adjusted to the pandemic, as well as which strategies best helped them successfully manage change. Major findings include a need for collaboration among SfD organizations, a strong focus on creativity and innovation in the field, and a need for organizations to balance structure and flexibility to allow responsiveness to changing needs. These strategies should be integrated as a focus within SfD beyond the pandemic, as they are long-term success strategies that will allow SfD organizations to be prepared for future pivotal decision points in their lifespans.

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Author

Carrie LeCrom, Tiesha Martin

Published

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 22:55

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