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The social benefits of sport

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The Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 places a duty on local authorities to secure best value, and provides them with a power to “advance well-being” in their local areas.

This duty and power will be exercised within new community planning approaches, based on greater integration and cross-organisational working. Consequently, community planning has the potential to provide an overarching framework within which multi-agency collaborative working can be developed to address a wide range of community issues.

In this context, sportscotland believes that sport has a significant contribution to make to the community planning process and many of the multi-agency issues that it will seek to address.

Community planning will be a key mechanism for making connections between national and local priorities, and the inclusion of sport will ensure that consideration is given to the national strategy for sport endorsed by the Scottish Executive, Sport 21 2003-2007 (sportscotland, 2003). Target 11 of this strategy is that by 2007 each local authority’s community planning process will contribute to the achievement of the Sport 21 targets.

In addition, the Strategy for Physical Activity (Physical Activity Task Force, 2003) is clear that community planning represents an important mechanism for the achievement of its aims and objectives. More generally, Sport England’s The value of sport (1999) suggests that, in new integrated planning approaches, sport can “often lead the way in promoting ‘joined up’ ways of working which impact positively on many aspects of people’s lives”.

In general, increased opportunities for sport can be regarded as a contributor to community well-being, and local authorities are required to make “adequate provision for facilities for the inhabitants of their area for recreational, sporting, cultural and social activities” (Local Government etc (Scotland) Act, 1994). This is reflected in the first key principle of Sport 21 2003-2007 which states that:

“participating in sport can improve the quality of life of individuals and communities…”



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Editor's comments - [ The purpose of this document is to provide a balanced view of the evidence for the social benefits of sport that can inform the inclusion of sport in community plans.

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Reference : Coalter, F. (2005). The social benefits of sport: An overview to inform the community planning process. Edinburgh: Sportscotland


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