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The Role of Sport in Community Capacity Building

Key Message

Sport has demonstrated efficacy in building local skills, knowledge, and resources, increasing social cohesion, facilitating community dialog, leadership development, and encouraging civic participation.

Source

Edwards, Michael B. (2015). The role of sport in community capacity building: An examination of sport for development research and practice. Sport Management Review. 18(1): 6-19. doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2013.08.008

Purpose

The purpose of this review is to examine the efficacy of sport to contribute to the process of community capacity building.

Evidence

Using seven established dimensions of community capacity, there is evidence that many SFD (sport for development) practices can effectively facilitate dimensions of community capacity when conducted in intentional, culturally relevant ways. Specifically, sport has demonstrated efficacy in building local skills, knowledge, and resources, increasing social cohesion, facilitating structures and mechanisms for community dialog, leadership development, and encouraging civic participation.

Sport-based development often generates high interest from residents, funders, and policy makers. By applying principles of community capacity building, sport may be uniquely positioned to enhance sustainable community health development initiatives.

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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