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.

You can find out more about each of these programmes by clicking the links on the left of this page.

Sport for Social Change Conference

Presentation Slides:
Sport Changes Life
Viveen Taylor
Marvin Sordell

Workshop Slides:
Active Local – Jamie Townsend
Education and Employment – Sport Changes Life
Evidencing the Impact – Carolynne Mason
Healthier and Happier Women’s Refuge Project – Helen Hopkins and Alex Varran
Mental Health – GoVox
Mental Health – Watford Community Sports & Education Trust
Mental Health – Just Talk
Poverty – Andrew Anastasiou 
Youth Offending – Grahame Helm
Inclusion – Ros Cramp