Sport and physical activity have been identified by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as a way to build stronger communities 1

In 2023, Access Sport commissioned the University of Bath to explore how community engagement and a sense of belonging, provided through sport and physical activity, can contribute to the building of stronger communities.

Independently conducted by the University of Bath, the findings will:

  • Inform our ongoing programmes, including creating digestible resources for our Inclusive Club Network that will encourage practical change
  • Evidence how our Theory of Change aids community sport clubs to develop stronger communities through increasing community engagement and sense of belonging
  • Highlight to the sport for development sector that communities can be strengthened through targeted sport programmes. 

The research findings are due to be launched in July 2024.

If you are interested in receiving the research report, please contact: [email protected].