Value of sport and recreation
Active Parent Education Kit Fact Sheet 2
Sport and recreation
- Builds communities through social inclusion and a sense of connection.
- Helps bind families through shared experience and achievements.
- Helps address anti-social behaviour.
- Catalyst for community gatherings – people play, talk and share experiences.
- Social cohesion – positive impacts on physical and mental wellbeing.
- Creates new relationships among contrasting social groups
- – children are given opportunities to connect with the wider community.
- Prevents at-risk behaviour e.g. reduces boredom and apathy.
- Children who engage in sport and/or active recreation often perform better academically, enjoy school and even complete their homework more frequently.
- Improves cognitive functioning and academic ability.
- Provides the chance to gain valuable life skills.
- Promotes better mental health (e.g. higher levels of self-esteem, motivation and self-worth).
- Cardiovascular disease prevention.
- Diabetes prevention and control.
- Primary prevention of some cancers.
- Injury prevention.
- Brings families together when parents act as role models.
- As parents you can help your children to enjoy and maintain an active lifestyle by:
- Being active with your children.
- Finding activities your children enjoy.
- Encouraging your children to join a sporting club. Search the Find A Club database at www.dsr.wa.gov.au/clubsonline.
- Start a Family Nature Club. To find out more visit www.natureplaywa.org.au.
- Planning active family events e.g. bushwalking or kite flying.
- Walking your children to and from school (if possible).
“Sport has the power to unite people in a way little else can. Sport can create hope. Breaks down racial barriers … laughs in the face of discrimination … speaks to people in a language they can understand.”
– Nelson Mandela
Department of Sport and Recreation WA. (2009). More than winning.
Retrieved on the 13/11/09, from www.dsr.wa.gov.au/building-stronger-communities