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Social Change Through Sport
(Sport England Conference held on 16th November 2007)

Encouraging children and young people to participate in sports and sport related activities has been a key element of Government policy since it came to power in 1997.  The benefits of increasing physical activity in terms of health and fitness is well documented but it also plays a significant role in helping to create sustainable and more cohesive communities particularly in deprived inner city areas.

Hosted by Sport England, the 'Delivering Social Change through Sport Conference'  provided practical examples of how sport has been designed into communities, specifically through the housing sector, and the impact this has had in creating more cohesive and sustainable communities.

The conference gave delegates the opportunity to learn how to practically introduce sporting programmes within their local community through a series of workshops on specific topics. These included working with tenants and residents associations; recruiting volunteers; how to motivate people to participate; how sport can contribute to the Government's RESPECT agenda and how to access resources and funding in order to introduce new schemes and programmes in specific areas.

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