This report reviews the evidence base on the social impacts of sport and culture, focusing on improved health, reduced crime, increased social capital and improved education outcomes. Key findings for sport include:
- Sport prevents or reduces physical and mental health problems, subsequently saving on health care costs, and these benefits are particularly important for older people
- Sport improves pro-social behaviour and reduces crime and anti-social behaviour
- Sport has positive effects on educational behaviour and attainment through enhanced self esteem and self-confidence and improved concentration and thinking skills.