Sport and Community Development

 

What Are Canadians Saying?

 

  • 50% of active participants rate sport as very important for meeting new friends and socializing beyond the immediate family. (Strengthening Canada: The Socio-economic Benefits of Sport Participation in Canada, 2005)

  • 72% of Canadians believe that sport is a key contributor to the quality of life in their communities. (Canadian Sport Centre for Ethics in Sport, 2008)

 

 

 Building Communities

  • Community sport is ranked 2nd, after family, as providing a positive influence on the personal and moral development of youth. (Canadian Sport Centre for Ethics in Sport, 2008)

  • Sport helps to strengthen communities by building social capital and fostering greater inclusion of marginalized or excluded groups. (What Sport Can Do, The True Sport Report, 2008)

  • Involvement in sport and recreation is one of the most important core activities that help to shape us as individuals, to differentiate our communities, and to define our nation’s collective identity (Because Sport Matters to Our Sense of Community, 2005)


On a National Level

  • A nation’s level of sport participation is closely linked to its level of social trust and well-being. People who participate in sport are:
    • more likely to vote
    • contact a politician
    • sign a petition than the average citizen  (What Sport Can Do, The True Sport Report, 2008)

 

 

Resources

Because Sport Matters to Our Sense of Community
Canadian Sport Centre for Ethics in Sport
Strengthening Canada: The Socio-economic Benefits of Sport Participation in Canada
What Sport Can Do, The True Sport Report