Sport for Development

Sport for Development (S4D) uses sports to achieve crucial outcomes for children and youth, such as learning, health, empowerment and protection. Collaborating with partners, including the Barça Foundation, this research aims to expand the evidence base on S4D. In 2019, UNICEF Innocenti launched the first global literature review on S4D – Getting into the Game – which found that sport can be a positive factor in four key areas of children’s lives: Education, Social Inclusion, Child Protection, and Empowerment. Playing the Game (2021) builds on these findings, harnessing the experiences of stakeholders from different contexts and provides ten in-depth case studies of S4D organizations. Based on the evidence, the report outlines a guiding framework – from design, through implementation, to scaling and sustainability – for S4D programming targeting children and youth.