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Sport and recreation: It’s more than you think

Key Message

The study found 20 ways that sport and recreation benefits people. The overwhelming responsefrom participants in the survey was that sport and recreation delivered substantial benefits for individuals, families and the community.
 

Source

Community Perceptions Research. (2005). Sport and recreation: It’s more than you think. Perth, Australia: Western Australia Department of Sport and Recreation.

Purpose

Until now there’s been no real measure of the range of benefits that involvement in sport and recreation should and does deliver. The Department of Sport and Recreation’s community perceptions study It’s More Than You Think shows the range of expected benefits and just how much we value sport and recreation in our community, what it means to us, why we become involved and the wider community benefits.

Evidence

Western Australians value sport and recreation very highly and the benefits can be narrowed down to three key areas:Individual
• Life skills
• Personal health and wellbeing
• Creating and maintaining a social network
Family and social
• Close friendships
• Strong family relationships
• Improving self-worth
Community
• Creating and maintaining a safe community
• Providing an opportunity for community relationships
• Providing an inclusive community
has a bigger role in oureveryday lives than we think.

BENEFITS TO THE INDIVIDUAL
• Teaches you fair play & team work
• New opportunities in life
• Develops communication skills
• Healthy life
• Creates closer friendships
• Develops your self discipline
• Improves your confidence

BENEFITS TO SOCIAL AND FAMILY
• Makes you feel valued within family
• Closer more open friendships
• Communicate more openly and honestly
• Opportunity to love/bond
• Closer/open family relationships

BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY
• Reduces crimes in the community
• Reduces barriers in the community
• Sense of community
• Community is a safer place.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF SPORT AND RECREATION?
The study found 20 ways that sport and recreation benefits people. The overwhelming response was that sport and recreation delivered substantial benefits for individuals, families and the community.

1. Improves physical wellbeing -  91%
2. Teaches fair play and respect 90%
3. Builds confidence and self-esteem 86%
4. Provides opportunities to meet other s88
5. Develops self-discipline and commitment 87
6. Teaches life-skills such as respect and tolerance for others 85%
7. Provides a sense of achievement 86%
8. Makes you feel better about yourself 82%
9. Creates close friendships 84%
10. Feeling part of the community 83%
11. Builds communication skills 76%
12. Builds stronger family relationships 77%
13. Provides support networks 79%
14. Builds community pride 79%
15. Develops leadership skills 75%
16. Improves ability to cope with stress or difficult situations 73%
17. Creates tolerant communities 75%
18. Reduces anti-social behaviour in the community 70%
19. Makes the community safer 66%
20. Creates new life opportunities such as travel, business contacts, career opportunities 63%

Additional Information

EXSUM | PDF FILE - Public access

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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