Creating future role models
Sports can be a great platform for learning many life skills and lessons. To succeed in team sports, kids have to learn the importance of teamwork, benefiting their social skills. Learning how to take a win or loss can teach valuable lessons on sportsmanship and integrity. High-pressure situations on the field can also teach youth how to succeed in real-life situations.
Sports build bonds amongst people. Providing a positive outlet where kids can spend their free time can also help relieve boredom; one of the biggest factors in youth crime. Finally, sporting events can be a great facilitator for community engagement and interaction, helping build stronger bonds within your neighbourhoods.
Sports provide career opportunities for a lot of people. In 2010, sport and sport-related activity contributed £20.3 billion to the English economy – 1.9% of the England total.
The contribution to employment is even greater – sport and sport-related activity is estimated to support over 400,000 full-time equivalent jobs, 2.3% of all jobs in England.
Sports tourism refers to travel which involves either observing or participating in a sporting event while staying apart from the tourists’ usual environment. Sport tourism is a fast-growing sector of the global travel industry and equates to $7.68 billion.
Sports for social events is a relationship strategy based on the principle that engagement through sport and the building of mutual respect and trust can provide cultural ‘gateways’ to alternative lifestyles.
Health benefits to society
Physical activity, including sport, is linked to reduced risk of over 20 illnesses, including cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Taking part in regular sport can save between £1,750 and £6,900 in healthcare costs per person.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro