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Sport and recreation and community building: Literature review

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The New South Wales [Australia] Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation has commissioned this literature review on strategic approaches that use sport and recreation to bolster community development. NSW Sport and Recreation, a division of the Department, has already undertaken a considerable amount of research and policy development in this area - this work is summarised in the first section of this paper. The literature review examines international sources (from England, Scotland, Canada and USA) and material from Australia, including from other States (Victoria, Western Australia). The material includes government strategy documents, research into the impacts of sport on community building and community cohesion, details of programs and approaches to promote the role of sport in this context, and evaluations of such programs.



 editors comments   

Editor's comments - [  This Australian paper examines the literature on a range of related topic areas:

• The role of sport in supporting community building, particularly in strengthening residents’ commitment to their neighbourhood or local area;

• The role of sport in developing social capital – the building of groups of mutual interest, acting together to achieve their objectives, including through sports volunteering;

• The role of sport in promoting pro-social and diminishing anti-social behaviour; and

• Strategies for encouraging groups with low levels of sport participation to become involved, with perceived benefits to promoting social harmony.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Larkin, A. (2008). Sport and recreation and community building: Literature review. Sydney: NSWASR


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