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Community development through sport

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The UK Government clearly recognises the important role that sport and physical activity programmes can play in community development. To this end in the last 5 - 10 years a number of strategies and action plans have been produced that harness the power of sport and physical activity in developing community engagement and cohesion, and building capacity within the community. The programmes reviewed within this report provide examples of different types of programmes that have either proved to be, or at the interim stage seem to be, successful in building social capital.

Positive Futures and StreetGames have proved successful in engaging young people from areas of social deprivation either themselves at risk of offending or their peer group. By linking opportunities to participate in sport with educational opportunities such as Open College Network or sport coaching qualifications, young people have been drawn back into participating within their communities. The Healthy Living Centres programme has utilised participation in sport or physical activity as one means of improving health and wellbeing as well as up-skilling and empowering local communities. As a result, strong community networks have been built increasing social cohesion. Step into Sport encourages young people to volunteer and then rewards young people for their efforts with vocational qualifications and experience. Both young people and their local communities have benefited. The DCMS sponsored community sports coaching scheme has been successful in both supporting the professionalisation of coaching as well as increasing the numbers of skilled coaches on the ground delivering programmes in priority areas within communities.

One of the most commonly encountered difficulties has been the sustainability of funding for the programme. In some instances, this problem has been circumnavigated through training members of the local community to deliver the schemes, thus becoming self-funding. However, this is not possible to achieve in all instances. The search for alternative funding streams and uncertainties that this engenders can impact upon the level of community engagement. In addition, many schemes have not been effectively evaluated perhaps due to the limited availability of funding, whereas in some cases either broad spectrum or even several different interventions with similar aims have taken place in the same location. However, robust evidence is required in order to build the case for sustained funding for programmes.

  

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Editor's comments - [  The UK Government clearly recognises the important role that sport and physical activity programmes can play in community development. To this end in the last 5 – 10 years a number of strategies and action plans have been produced that harness the power of sport and physical activity in developing community engagement and cohesion, and building capacity within the community. The programmes reviewed within this report provide examples of different types of programmes that have either proved to be, or at the interim stage seem to be, successful in building social capital.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Bowtell, J. (2006). Community development through sport. London: London South Bank University

 

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