The Power of Sport – guidance for strengthening cohesion and integration through sport

On Wednesday 12th August we will be launching The Power of Sport, our new guidance for strengthening cohesion and integration through sport, developed with the Good Faith Partnership.


The true impact of physical activity projects extends far beyond the pitch, court or sports hall. This resource offers a user-friendly approach to measuring both the individual and community-wide impact of a project on social cohesion. It not only breaks down outcomes into short and long-term measures, but also outlines the conditions and context for maximising the possibility of improved social cohesion in a project’s design.

It is for all those commissioning, designing and evaluating programmes of sport and physical activity to strengthen local cohesion and integration. It will build the confidence of commissioners, funders and delivery programmes so that their efforts and resources are more likely to bring about longer term change in our communities.

As lockdown lifts communities are rediscovering the joy of people gathering to engage and connect socially in local sport and physical activity. Programmes that utilise the power of sport to strengthen cohesion and integration will be an important element for communities as they rebuild, reconnect and recover from the impact of Covid-19.

During this launch event we will hear from representatives of the Belong Network and the Good Faith Partnership, who will share key elements such as the theory of change and tips for how to use the guidance as a toolkit for designing programmes and evaluating change. We will also hear from Spirit of 2012, Sporting Equals and Sport England representatives of some of the sport and physical activity practitioners who have contributed their expertise and knowledge to the development of the guidance. This will be followed by a short Q&A.

This project has benefited from the insight and expertise of a wide range of contributors and is the product of a unique collaboration of researchers and expert sport and physical activity practitioners supported by funding from Spirit of 2012.

The launch will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 12th August between 3pm and 4.15pm. You can register for the event via Eventbrite.