Why Sport for All

Investing in sport for all : overcoming sport access barriers for holistic benefits


By removing these barriers

  • Quality of and access to equipment and infrastructure
    • Inform about available opportunities
    • Ensure well maintained facilities
    • Have specific group sessions (women only, disabled only)
  • Quality of sport club environment
    • Enhance physical access to sports equipment
    • Reduce costs for participation
    • Ensure adequate staff training for sport for all
    • Be open to flexible clothing practices
  • Coach’s influence
    • Reduce emphasis on competition
    • Encourage participation in games for everyone
    • Secure a welcoming and safe climate
    • Set up progressive expectations in regard to sporting ability
    • Reduce stereotype and social conformity in sport
    • Build confidence and self-esteem in sport
  • Individual and societal barriers
    • Improve transport to sporting equipment
    • Foster parental exercise opportunities and family support
    • Offer flexible option to limited time dedication
    • Be open to different health status and energies

Information gathered through a rapid literature review from 10 literature reviews (2017-2022) including 315 studies; half of the studies are targeting children

You foster these benefits

  • ISOs AND NFs
    • Fostering employment and volunteering opportunities
    • Encouraging diversity and inclusion as human rights
    • Contributing to economic development
    • Raising awareness on societal issues through sport
  • Individual
    • Reducing smartphone addiction
    • Being sporty as a social identity
    • Enhancing academic performance
    • Better fitness, strength, body composition and bone health
    • Higher quality of life and sense of accomplishment
  • Sports Clubs
    • Fostering peer learning
    • Developing social skills
    • Building relationships and trust
    • Contributing to healthy aging
    • Limiting anxiety, stress and depression
    • Limiting drug and substance use

Information gathered from 34 literature reviews (2018-2023) including more than 2 millions participants across the lifespan

Evidence-driven strategies for Sport for all programs

  • Align your program with sport club's responsibilities and user’s needs

  • Clarify WHY and HOW to implement the program

  • Generate beliefs about effectiveness and added value of the program

  • Include the program in policy documents, governance and processes


  • Appoint quality leaders and staff including a structured committee to design and pilot the program and a dedicated coordinator

  • Raise awareness of the program (e.g. media coverage and advocacy) within NFs and sports clubs

  • Consider flexible, progressive nature and adaptation in program implementation

Information gathered from 34 literature reviews (2018-2023) including more than 2 millions participants across the lifespan