Community sport can achieve a number of great outcomes within communities. We often find that it is a great conduit for bringing young people together either as participants or spectators.
Sport can help to form positive relationships, build confidence and teach vital life skills such as teamwork, co-operation, self-management and much more.
Community sport can also help to change the perceptions of young people. Rather than a group of young people 'hanging around' being perceived as causing ASB, residents see that a service is being provided for their young people and it can become a project that the residents can be proud of.
Sporting Communities adopts a social and community development approach through it's community sport. We were involved in a StreetGames funded research project, which was conducted by Loughborough University's research team. This research identified a model of best practice for achieving social development using sport, which fits in line with Sporting Communities approach.