What is Sport for Development?

We define Sport for Development as ‘the intentional use of sport and physical activity as a tool to bring about positive change in the lives of people and communities'.

“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. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all kinds of discrimination.”

Nelson Mandela

Sport for Development can have a powerful and transformative impact on young people’s lives and the communities in which they live.

At Sported we specialise in supporting local community groups that use sport to achieve the following social outcomes:

Sport for Development can positively impact on these social issues:

    1. Community cohesion
    2. Crime and anti-social behaviour
    3. Education and employability
    4. Health and wellbeing
    5. Inequality in sports participation


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Why we're here

Sported is part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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Where we work

We’ve built a thriving network of Sport for Development groups across the whole of the UK.

What we do

We help community sport clubs and groups become bigger, more sustainable and more effective.