A set of key points should be considered in order to produce an effective and successful programme that creates value in grassroots sport. The recommendations below aim to help any organisation to begin with the initial stages of planning such a programme or initiative.
- Safeguard young athletes, spectators and other groups involved; Ensure that those involved are protected from dangerous environments.
- Foster transferrable values; participants should be able to apply those values learned outside of the sports context or environment.
- Strengthen measures against disruption or negative behaviour. Create measures so that participants can be held accountable for their actions, similarly to the Respectcampaign by the English FA and the Carta Etica Anderlini(CEA) run by Volleyball School Anderlini.
- Ensure an adequate policy framework in which participants can adhere to.
In many examples mentioned in this guide, we analysed the implementation practices based on the participation and inclusion of those disproportionately represented.
Successful positive action will encourage diversity and wider participation in sport, providing the following key points can be considered when implementing the programme:
Furthermore, programmes that are designed to create value should focus on the long-term and the wider scope as opposed to only looking at tackling issues for a quick resolution. The very majority of the examples here have demonstrated long-term strategies that prolong the creation of value through their sport activities.
Some practical tips for creating such programmes:
- Identify the gaps or problem in regards to participation.
- Obtain statistical evidence supporting need for intervention.
- Develop a plan of action and ensure planned outputs are outlined.
- Provide engaging and motivating activities by meeting the participants’ needs and expectations.
- Measure impact by comparing planned outputs vs. actual outcomes.