SPORT AND PLAY IS SA4D’S KEY STRATEGY. WITH SPORT AND PLAY, WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, MAKE LEARNING EASIER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, AND PROVIDE THEM WITH BASIC SKILLS FOR OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF DAILY LIFE. WE VIEW SPORT AS BEING A SCHOOL FOR LIFE – PERFORMANCE IS SECONDARY.
Whether the sport is football, volleyball or curling, when they win, sportspeople hug each other and give their joy free rein. Sport is also a source of solidarity, with team spirit and winners cheering losers. Sport makes people happy and creates connections – it’s this potential that SA4D makes the most of in its projects.
With sport and play, SA4D provides children and young people with equal access to project activities. The selection of appropriate sports and games is essential – as is training coaches well. During training, SA4D teaches the coaches how to create a safe, protected atmosphere and how to include all participants in the activities.
SA4D’s aim is not just to bring children and young people together through sport and play activities. Sport and play make it possible to combine learning and practical experience. When it’s part of a dexterity exercise, mathematics becomes child’s play. And a game helps young people to think about themselves and what they do. Sport is more of a means than an end. It promotes values and skills such as mutual respect and resolving conflicts together, as well as strengthening self-confidence.
SPORT PROMOTES HEALTH
Sport and play also increase physical health and help in preventing cardiovascular disease and obesity. Children in particular develop basic coordination skills and improve their physical awareness through movement – for example, the “imaginary journey” game. Sport is also an ideal way to guide people back to normal everyday life after traumatic experiences. Being together in a playful context increases the feeling of community and contributes to re-establishing psychological well-being.
Sport and Play in All Activities
SA4D uses sport and play in all of its activities, for improving psychosocial health, in early childhood development and in non-formal education, as well as in employment and integration projects.