Sport for Community Development

Sport for Community Development        
Prepared by  Prepared by: Dr Ralph Richards and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Steve Pallas, Managing Director, Sports Community (June 2016)
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Last updated  Last updated:  2 May 2018       
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Sport contributes to community identity—serving as a focal point for community engagement, pride and achievement. The diversity of sports and sporting activities (including social sport and active recreation) make it an ideal medium to reach men and women from every age-group, culture and socio-economic background.

The broader benefits of sport go beyond the personal benefits derived from participation. Sport is a popular focal point for strategies that underpin government and non-government organisational policies for community development and social inclusion.

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand. Nelson Mandela, 25 May, 2000

Key Messages 


Sport can contribute to community identity, as a focal point for personal interaction and community engagement.


Sport can be used to address social inequities and disadvantage.


Sports have the potential to reach a wide cross-section of community members.

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