Sport & development

The power of sport

The power of sport is enormous and should not be underestimated. Sport brings people together and overcomes differences between people, irrespective of their race, religion or origin. Who you are, where you come from and what your beliefs are do not matter when it comes to sport – and that is what makes sport so powerful. In the words of former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who also fought against apartheid: "Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does". 

Mandela himself also used sport to bridge opposing viewpoints and to stimulate unity. When he had just become president of South Africa and apartheid had been brought to an end, he used the rugby world cup in 1995 to unite the divided peoples of South Africa. Rugby had previously been seen as a sport for the white minority, but Mandela turned it into a sport for the coloured majority as well. He attended the final wearing the colours of the national rugby team and, after the game, he handed the trophy to the (white) captain of the South African team – a historic moment in the dismantling of apartheid.

Sport can bring unity, which means it can also be used as a weapon in the fight against radicalisation. If people come together, their voice drowns out those who would sow dissension, fear and chaos. 

TenCate Field in a box™ creates the perfect conditions for sport to act as a medium for personal growth, social cohesion and community spirit. 

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