Why sport and recreation is the answer
We’ve identified four key areas where sport and recreation plays an important role in strengthening and growing our communities:
Aids the development of social capital
The team spirit that develops among participants during sport activities can also spread to their daily lives.
Participating in sport helps people understand – and feel – a sense of community with people who may come from a diverse range of social groups and backgrounds.
Belonging to community organisations increases the level of trust between local residents. Membership of local sport and recreation groups in particular, is strongly associated with a person having high levels of trust within the community.
Encourages people to exercise
Research shows that the higher the level of neighbourhood social capital, the more people associate participation in sport as a positive and the stronger the likelihood of them participating in sports at least three times per week. Providing flexibility around how sport and recreation activities are delivered within communities, can also increase participation numbers.
Activates local parks and neighbourhoods
The availability of parks is important for neighbourhood social capital and the participation of young people in physical activities. When social capital is high adolescents are more likely to participate in sport and recreation activities and make use of local parks and open spaces.
For more information or to obtain copies of other publications contact:
Advocacy Project Officer
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007
PO Box 8349 Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Telephone +61 8 9492 9700
Email the Advocacy Project Officer