As well as developing individuals, sport and physical activity can help build stronger communities by bringing people together.
Sport is widely seen as a way for people of different backgrounds to interact and integrate by taking part, volunteering and spectating.
It can provide opportunities for migrants to adapt to living in England and can bridge divides between men and women, homeless people and those who are not homeless, and people with different employment backgrounds.
How we measure it
Although this is one of the most difficult outcomes to measure, successful social and community development can be judged by the percentage of the population reporting positive levels of social trust.
To help measure the impact of sport and activity on social and community development, we use our Active Lives Adult Survey.
The benefits of being active
The Government’s Sporting Future strategy identified five outcomes of sport, and everything we do and every project we invest in must increase and enhance at least one of these outcomes.
Learn more about the outcomes by clicking on the links below.