Junior Sport Framework

Junior Sport Framework
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport, Australian Sports Commission
Last updated  Last updated by: 21 February 2017
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Junior Sport Framework
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Sport participation during childhood offers many immediate and long-term benefits; including the formation of positive physical activity behaviours, development of life-skills and physical literacy, and cognitive and social functioning. Policies and strategies that promote enjoyable and challenging junior sport experiences will encourage greater participation as well as target personal and social development outcomes.

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Sports policies and programs that encourage enjoyable, safe, inclusive and challenging experiences for children will support better and longer-lasting participation outcomes.


Developmentally appropriate sports programs achieve one, or more, of three broad outcomes for children and adolescents – fun, fitness, and friendship (i.e. social interaction).

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