Investment in Sport
by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: August 16, 2014
Investment in Sport
Speak to someone in the sporting industry, and they will likely describe the increasing need for programs in the areas of health promotion, physical activity, and sport for all (the European definition).
Lack of Investment
There is currently a lack of investment in sport in Canada.
The consequences of not investing in sport will be long-term. Early mortality will increase as individuals die before their life expectancy due to a lack of physical activity or participation in sport.
There are some who now claim a lack of participation in sport for all programs causes more deaths than smoking.
It is estimated that 2% of all jobs in Canada are sport-related. Also, probably about 2% of Canada’s GDP (gross domestic product) is from the sport industry (this is based on data from other developed countries).
What is Investment in Sport
Investment in sport is more than investing in some elite and high-performing athletes. It means more than building facilities (that are likely are only of use by elite athletes). Canada, and other countries, must take a balanced approach to sport. It can help provide a balanced Canadian population. This is why the word ‘investment’ can be difficult to use with different individuals. When people hear the word investment, most immediately begin to think about the financial aspect. However, sport is so much more.
Many claim it is a subculture within many cultures. However, in many cultures, it is now intertwined and engrained in these cultures. It is wholly part of many individuals’ identities, day-to-day lives, planning, thinking, and doing. We must start to treat sport as such – an integral part of life, not something that is solely about the bucks and dollar bills.
A Call to Action
Write to your government representative and ask them to increase the government’s investment in sport.
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Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom and virtually in Canada, and is a proud introvert and silent leader. He has travelled to nearly 50 major and global cities around the world, and has worked with universities, non-profits, consulting firms, and sports organizations. He has family and friends in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his travels, work, projects, and thoughts on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog (click on the bottom right-hand corner to sign up for weekly email notifications). For more about some of immediate day-to-day work, visit www.okanaganathlete.com.