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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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South Africa
Africa
All the sports
3 - Good health and well-being
17 - Partnership for the goals
Policymakers
Academics
Practitioners
https://www.sportanddev.org/research-and-learning/resource-library/preparing-long-term-success-sport-development%E2%80%99s-strategies

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2022
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Tags

Country
South Africa
Region
Africa
Sport
All the sports
Sustainable Development Goals
3 - Good health and well-being
17 - Partnership for the goals
Target Group
Policymakers
Academics
Practitioners