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Sport to Enhance Transferable Skills and Employment Opportunities


By providing opportunities for young people to develop transferable life skills - characteristics such as leadership, perseverance, social and moral character, self-esteem, commitment to teamwork, problem-solving, and organizational ability - sport helps participants to realize their potential as productive employees and citizens. Sport also offers an important avenue for creating youth employment opportunities. The SDP IWG Report, “ Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments ”, made the following policy and programmatic recommendations which Member States, with SDP IWG support, are encouraged to implement:


Phase I:

  • Recognize the different developmental stages of children and youth to ensure that physical education and sport policies, implementation guidelines, training resources, programmes, and curricula are age-appropriate. 

Phase II:

  • Provide children and youth with a direct voice and decision-making opportunities in the development of physical education, sport and recreation policies and action plans that concern them. 



Phase I:

  • Create opportunities for children and youth to participate in dialogue and decision-making with regard to the day-to-day activities of sport and physical activity programmes.
  • Focus sport programmes on education and development (not winning), emphasizing skills improvement, tactical knowledge, success for all participants, enhanced confidence, positive social relationships, choices, and enjoyment. 

Phase II:

To harness sport's potential for community renewal through employment, it is recommended that sport and development actors in communities should 1 :

  • Develop a sport and employment plan;
  • Support the creation of new employment opportunities in the sport sector;
  • Adopt a policy of local recruitment and provide local opportunities for related skill development, training and qualifications;
  • Provide local opportunities to increase employability and transferable skills through sport; and
  • Demonstrate the impact of sport and employment projects.



To view a briefing note containing background information on Sport to Enhance Transferrable Skills and Employment, click here.

1 renewal.net, "Renewal.netOverview: SportandEmployment" at 2 online: http://www.renewal.net

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