The effects of sport on social change have been studied for many years. Whether creating long-term behaviour changes, or simply offering a distraction to wider life, sport and physical activity has the power to create a significant social impact on individuals and communities alike. But how do we ensure that across Hertfordshire, this vehicle for change, keeps moving?
On 6th December, the Herts Sports Partnership hosts its inaugural ‘Sport for Social Change Conference’ at the Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire, bringing together a cross section of professionals to present and discuss the role that sport can play in contributing towards social change – focussing on the key themes of early intervention and prevention of youth offences, education and employment, mental health and poverty.
Co-designed with the Sport for Development Coalition, the event will open with an inspiring keynote address from the Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime, emphasising the ever growing need to steer an upcoming generation away from a life of criminality and wrongdoing.
Inviting delegates to share and catalyse ideas will be organisations who are leaders of innovation and intervention, while international charity ‘Fight for Peace’ – an organisation dedicated to realising the potential of young people affected by crime, social exclusion and violence, through martial arts and boxing, concludes what promises to be a thought-provoking day.
Will Slemmings, Project Officer for the Herts Sports Partnership said:
“The positive effects gained by focusing on this area of work have already been proven in the delivery of our Fit, Fed & Read, and Hertfordshire’s Big Hit projects. Now, we are using the conference to take stock of our progress to date, and ask for others to bring their experience to the table. We want to explore how sport can assist with overcoming other issues, such as poverty and unemployment, as well as supporting the work already being done in the mental health and early intervention arenas.
”We are extending an invitation to any organisation, sporting or non-sporting, who feel that they have likeminded objectives and want to develop their ideas in collaboration with others.”
To book a place at the conference please visit our Eventbrite page.