With London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics still in everyone’s minds, it’s important to leverage this momentum to get more people engaged in sport.
Sport has always promoted inclusion within the community; it supports participation and fun regardless of your gender, religion, ability, ethnicity, age or disability.
Sport provides an avenue for leadership and valuable life skills are learned through teamwork and collaboration.
We all know what sport can do, now it’s up to us to take advantage of this opportunity and encourage people to get involved and have some fun!
Here links that will talk about sport for development, player motivation, youth participation and active living for seniors.
Sport and Development?
‘Sport & Development’ refers to the use of sport as a tool for development and peace. Actors in sport, academia, private sector, non-profit and non-governmental organisations, government agencies, UN agencies and international organisations, the media, the general public as well as young people are increasingly interested in the potential of sport as a tool to reach personal, community, national and international development objectives. They are also interested in how sport can be used as a tool for addressing some of the challenges that arise from humanitarian crises and in conflict and post-conflict settings.
As sport becomes increasingly part of humanitarian and development work, as well as a part of the corporate social responsibility practices of some private sector actors, interested parties are anxious to explore the potential, as well as the limitations, of sport in their work.
For these very different actors to understand each other better, it becomes necessary to develop common definitions and frameworks for action in order to improve practice.
FMI! - http://www.sportanddev.org/
*may be others also should learn more from MILO... find out here... How Milo became the catalyst to sports development
Motivation in Sports!
Although the list of exercise benefits is impressive, it is apparent that just hearing about them does not assure consistent exercise in most individuals. Regular exercise is a complex, multifactorial behavior that fitness professionals and scientists need to understand better in order to help clients stay active and healthy.
Motivation is thought to be a combination of the drive within us to achieve our aims and the outside factors which affect it. With this in mind, motivation has the following two forms, intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation.
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Women and girls, who account for more than 50 percent of the population of Malaysia, continue to be underrepresented in the sport and physical activity system. Awareness on this issue has increased, providing a foundation to improve training methods and competition programs for athletes. However, large gaps persist in knowledge and practice relating to the psycho-social factors that influence women and girls as participants, athletes, coaches, officials, leaders or administrators.
Understanding participation! Why do some people, particularly in harder to reach groups, not take part in sport and physical activity? And what public interventions successfully manage to change behaviours and reduce barriers?
A new study suggests playing sports helps teenagers physically, socially, and mentally. Sports Participation Good for Teen Health.
Is athletics an important feminist issue? Yes. Participation in sports benefits women just as it does men, helping to develop leadership skills, boosting self-esteem and grades, and promoting physical fitness and health. Let's Empowering Women in Sports