In recent years, community sport has ranked low on the agendas of national and local government. Yet many Big Local areas are choosing to prioritise sport when allocating their funds. The short-term benefits are easy to see; but dig a little deeper and the impacts can be far-reaching. In this essay, journalist Ryan Herman visits five Big Local areas where sport is helping communities to transcend physical, social and political boundaries and tackle some of their biggest underlying challenges.
The more and more I had somebody in my face telling me, ‘You cannot do this, you are not physically able to do it,’ the more it made me just go, ‘Screw you, I can and I will.
Jayne Barnard, Tourism Officer, East Cleveland Villages