The social benefits of sport

These papers are designed to encourage an informed debate about the potential of sport to contribute to a range of policy areas. Although there are many potential benefits associated with sport, such benefits are only a possibility. Without systematic thought, informed planning and proactive management many such benefits may not be obtained.

In recent years research on sport for social change has increased our understanding that the diverse nature of sport, the contexts in which it is delivered and the experiences it provides all have significant implications for our ability to achieve desired outcomes.