Using sport for social development is a method of bringing social change through the use of sports. Since the advent of modern Olympics in 1896, athletes have shown that sports enable people to come together in an effort to bring global peace and to share a desire for self-improvement. Non-profit sport programs aiming to educate through similar means are part of an up-and-coming movement. Through sport, children learn sportsmanship and other life skills. Sport can help them grow towards positive development and good relationships with others. Sport is a tool utilized to get young people involved in their communities. Positive peer relationships are also encouraged through coaching as well as the physical activity, this leads to youth feeling integrated with other young people. Through being involved in sports youth can gain self-esteem when they are enjoying the experience of taking part in a sport. Sports help them gain lifelong skills and want to do better in the classroom as well. Involvement in sports have been related to one having better cognitive functioning as well as higher grades and test scores, satisfaction in school, engagement in school, aspirations for college, and lower dropout rates. Also, according to the Official Website of the Olympic Movement, being surrounded by a supportive group of people with similar goals, as in playing a sport, “can alleviate the negative effects of poverty.” Non-profit organizations are founded in urban areas affected by poverty to help marginalized children by creating an environment to unite people across gender, race, religion, or socioeconomic background.
Communities that participate in sport and recreation develop strong social bonds, are safer places and the people who live in them are generally healthier and happier than places where physical activity isn’t a priority.
Based on this fact the SPICE4LIFE YOUTH ACADEMY has taken a decision that any professional outcome for any of our teams or our players will be done so on a feeder-model only and playing in and winning league at a professional level is not a priority as the efforts of the company will only be on a few instead of growing the amount of children we can reach to many more instead.