Religion plays an extremely important role for many communities in the UK and earlier research carried out by Sporting Equals into the role of faith centres to help drive growth in sports participation revealed that faith centres are a central resource accessed by individuals who may otherwise be disengaged from wider society due to cultural or religious barriers.
Often faith centres hold the key to community engagement and are well placed to offer outreach services such as sports, as well as having untapped potential in available land and facilities which could be utilised for the benefit of the community.
The research paper focuses on the five main religious groups in the UK: Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Judaism and looks at the role of Churches, Mosques, Gurdwaras, Temples and Synagogues in the context of sport and physical activity provision and opportunities for growth in relation to facilities and wider engagement.
Editor's comments - [ This paper aims to explore these areas further and look at how faith establishments can be accessed by the sports sector to grow participation from underrepresented groups. The paper also seeks to provide an evidence base to support the Sporting Equals Faith Centre Model and demonstrates how governing bodies can utilise Sporting Equals community engagement expertise to tap into ‘hard to reach’ markets. Factsheets (sporting provision and contexts) for a variety of faith groups are available to download below. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (2012). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (2012)
Reference : Sporting equals. (2012). The role of faith centres in the provision of sport and physical activity. London: Sporting Equals
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