What is Sport for Social Change?

For years, those involved with sport and physical activity have been primarily concerned with increasing activity levels in a bid to achieve healthier lifestyles. While this objective remains of great importance, non-sporting agencies are increasingly campaigning for a greater understanding of how sport can play a role in tacking social issues.

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?

The Herts Sports Partnership have partnered with multiple non-sporting organisations to encourage social change throughout Hertfordshire through delivery of a variety of programmes. Between these partnerships five key Sport for Social Change ‘pillars’ have been identified where social change can be encouraged through a combination of physical and non-physical activity.

HSP’s Five Pillars of Sport for Social Change:
  1. Poverty
  2. Youth Offending
  3. Mental Health
  4. Women and Girls
  5. Education and Employment

A sixth pillar includes Disability which is the sole focus of HSP’s partner organisation the Herts Disability Sports Foundation.