Sport is a big part of a lot of peoples lives, whether they play professionally, to keep fit or just for fun. For those that don’t really like the idea of the subject that it’s easy to pass them off as just another form of entertainment, “just a game” if you will. The truth is that having sport in our lives is actually a good thing, not just for our physical and mental health but for our community too, it helps build connections and brighten up our villages, towns and cities. Here are just a few ways in which it can benefit our local lives.
Creates a Cohesive Environment
Sports like rugby bring people of all backgrounds and ages together, you don’t have to be a middle-aged white man to enjoy a game after all. As such people meet other people in different situations, learning that people from different backgrounds perhaps aren’t the villains that the papers have led them to believe. This is one of the most important factures when trying to form an inclusive and tolerant community and as such everyone involved can live in a friendlier environment.
Helps to Build a Local Voice
As people begin to connect and a sense of community starts to strengthen people within that group will begin to discuss local issues with each other. Within time it will become evident what the biggest issues in the area are and help to create a unified front in sorting those issues out. It is far easier for a strong community voice to address the real issues in the area and as people connect over something like sport they will inevitably begin to talk about the area, one of the biggest things they all have in common.
Great for Local Youth
Being involved in sport at a young age is excellent for young people, again it isn’t just good for their health and mental wellbeing but for many other reasons. Playing a sport can help foster both respect and tolerance amongst them whilst also reducing things like youth offending and anti-social behaviour. Of course, now many kids have a PlayStation or a smartphone to keep them entertained but not all of them do. Sports are a great way to offer those less fortunate a way to enjoy themselves and those that might otherwise hole themselves up in front of their screens a reason to go outside too.
Builds a Sense of Pride
If people have something in their area, they can be proud of they are more likely to like where they live, get involved in local projects and generally live much happier lives. Having a sports team can build on a certain sense of place, they don’t even have to be the best, all you need is a team you can be happy to support, and you’ll soon see that pride grow. It’ll build up the community in a way you may not have expected.