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'.

Sported's members all use Sport for Development to impact on the following social outcomes:

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


WHY SPORT?
● Few mediums have the power to engage, inspire and bring together young people as sport
● Promotes both a healthy body and mind


WHY COMMUNITY GROUPS?
● Provide an established and trusted channel to reach those most in need
● Club leaders, staff and volunteers are role models, and have a detailed understanding of the young people they serve
● They are here for the long-term. Behavioural change in young people takes time, change that can only be achieved through consistent, regular and long-term engagement

Nelson Mandela on the power of sport:

    “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.”


Who we are

Supporting local community heroes to inspire and fulfil the potential of disadvantaged young people

What we do

Making an impact at every level - our members, partners and policy

Our approach

Here are some of the things that makes Sported different

Publications

Download all our brochures and reports here!

Our blog

Bringing you the latest opinion, insight and reflections on the Sport for Development sector

Our impact

Building the evidence base for the Sport for Development sector

Recent news

Catch up with the latest Sported news from around the UK

Our history

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