The Power of Sport Launch

On Wednesday 12th August we will be launching our Sport and Integration Toolkit, developed in partnership with Good Faith Partnership.

Belong warmly invites you to the launch of The Power of Sport, our new guidance for strengthening cohesion and integration through sport.

Sport has the power to change the way we see ourselves and the way we see others - and our whole notion of who ‘we’ are. The impact goes well beyond the individual players and can positively influence a much wider circle of support staff, volunteers and spectators. Indeed sport can help break down the boundaries between communities who have had little previous contact, challenging stereotypes and the myths about ‘others’.

Our aim with this guidance is to take this awareness about the potential for sport to strengthen cohesion and integration to a higher level. So that sport and physical activity providers can clearly target their programmes and demonstrate the impact that they are having. And to build the confidence of commissioners and funders that their investment is more likely to bring about longer term change in our communities.

As lockdown lifts and communities rediscover the joy of people gathering to engage and connect socially in local sport and physical activity programmes the power of sport to strengthen cohesion and integration will be an important element of rebuilding and recovering from the impact of Covid-19. During this launch event we will hear from the authors of the guidance who will share key elements such as the theory of change and tips for how to use it as a toolkit for designing programmes and evaluating change. We will also hear from some of the sport and physical activity practitioners who have contributed their expertise and knowledge to the development of the guidance. This will be followed by a short Q&A.

This project has benefited from the insight and expertise of a wide range of contributors and is the product of a unique collaboration of researchers and expert sport and physical activity practitioners supported by funding from Spirit of 2012.

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