Building stronger communities
One of the many hidden benefits to participating in sport and recreation is the way it helps connect people in communities.
The Department advocates and supports projects to strengthen communities through sport and recreation. From cycling or walking our high-quality recreational trails, swimming with the local club, or playing a weekend football match, sport binds and builds communities by developing social networks and friendships.
Through social inclusion and a sense of connection, communities are strengthened. Families become closer through shared experiences and achievements. When at-risk people participate, sport negates anti-social behaviour and can support positive education outcomes.
Sport and recreation contributes to local economic growth through business investment and employment and helps sustain the environment through protecting open space and natural areas. It also promotes the use of active modes of transport, such as cycling and walking.