UN International day of Sport for Development and Peace Day
01 Apr 2014
As we celebrate the first UN Sport for Development and Peace Day, we also celebrate the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP), whose work to date has shown that when quality sports programs are used strategically, they can make a positive difference in the lives of the most marginalised people.
Through ASOP, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Sports Commission have developed a model that is at the forefront of using sport as a tool to deliver community outcomes.
The program promotes partnerships with governments, civil societies and the sport sector.
This approach broadens and deepens people to people links and enhances Australia’s relationships overseas and reputation as a leader in the field.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace recognises sport as a genuine approach for developing and making communities stronger everywhere around the world.
Sport is a great way to manage the risk of chronic diseases by getting people more physically active more often and to help marginalised people develop life skills.
It also assists to improve participation in their local economy and to create more harmony within and between communities.
New research has shown the Australian Government’s support for innovative sports programs is having a positive impact on the lives of people in the Pacific.
The research findings from Tonga, Nauru and Vanuatu highlight the way Australian aid programs contribute positively to health outcomes, inclusion and community relationships.
They also shows clearly how ASOP empowers women and girls, breaks down barriers and changes negative attitudes towards young people living with a disability.
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