Sports development

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● The Department of Sport and Recreation’s budget increased by 4%, to R1.07 billion in 2017/18. A
large proportion (65%) of the budget is allocated to mass participation sport and recreation activities.
A further 21% of the budget goes towards school support.
● Statistics from the National Education Infrastructure Management System found that 35% of schools
had no sports facilities in 2016.
● Based on a 2016 Discovery report, titled Healthy Active Kids South Africa Report Card, less than half of
South African children and youth take part in organised sporting activities.
The National Sport and Recreation Plan, 2012
This document suggests providing mass participation opportunities through targeted campaigns,
ensuring access to sport in every school, identifying and developing talented athletes, offering support
to coaches and athletes, establishing a recognition system for individual and team achievements, and
ensuring adequate infrastructure and resources.
Transformation Charter for South African Sport, 2012
This Charter guides the establishment of an accessible, demographically representative, sustainable and
competitive sport system. The Department of Sport and Recreation will provide funding and other kinds
of support to assist 60 national federations over the medium term to meet their transformation targets.
● Grantmakers can collaborate with sporting federations to meet the needs of specific regions,
particular sporting codes, or smaller sporting unions.
● For many funders, sports development is one of several focus areas that can complement initiatives
in sectors such as education, health and community development.