Sport can contribute to community identity, in many towns and communities, it contributes significantly to social capital (the connectedness of people). It has the potential to reach a wide cross-section of community members. As such it can be used to address social inequities and disadvantages.
The importance sport plays in remote, rural and regional communities can’t be overstated, it provides Stockman Sports both an avenue to reach young people in our target area’s and an opportunity to strengthen a vital piece of communities social capital.
Numerous professionals including doctors and professors, as well as leading health publications and offices of the state and federal governments, all agree that sport offers:
- improved health benefits,
- social interaction,
- it reduces the likelihood of developing many chronic diseases,
- it plays a therapeutic role in mental health disorders,
- boosts self-confidence and
- improves leadership traits to name a few.
“Sports participation may also influence attitudes and behaviours, reducing the impact of negative influences that can lead to anti-social behaviour, and/or experimentation with tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs.”
Although sport does not present a holistic answer in and of itself, it offers a unique doorway to positively impact the lives of remote, rural and regional young people and their communities.