Maidan is an initiative to bring together, facilitate and encourage ideas and action in the arena of Sport for Development. Driven by Magic Bus, Maidan is an information-sharing platform where individuals and organisations spell out the ways in which the Sport for Development approach is helping the society and its potential as a tool for development.
Chandigarh | 10th December 2015
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Maidan celebrates and highlights the importance of sport. To talk about the relevance of sports and promote the Sport for Development agenda, Magic Bus India Foundation, Youth Football Club Rurka Kalan and Punjab University are co-hosting The Maidan Summit 2015. Supported by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the one-day Summit will be held on 10th December 2015 in Chandigarh.
To introduce Sport for Development and provide space for linkages to academic institutions, organisations, government agencies, corporate houses and the sports community in the region
To share best practises from experiences in the S4D space
To critically evaluate benefits and contribution of Sport for Development towards the larger development goals.
The conference aims to achieve strategic outcomes, as well as celebrate diversity – sport, people and culture. It is therefore planned to include a variety of sessions that are designed for facilitating interactions between practitioners, academics and students.
2 Panel Discussions: a moderated panel of experts speaking on specific issues
Panel Discussion I
Sport as a tool for development - Tackling Substance Abuse
Addiction and Substance Abuse is one of the biggest issues among youth in the north. According to a recent United Nations report, Punjab has the second highest number of drug addicts in India. The problem of substance abuse among the youth is fast becoming an epidemic. There are 73.5% of those aged 16-35 into drug addiction as per the study by Guru Nanak University.
Sport can help tackle such severe issues in a simple manner. It can have a positive effect on individuals and societies in many different ways.
For example, sport can provide opportunities to:
Relieve boredom by giving structure to free time
Promote socialization by introducing rules to be followed
Establish and overcome risks
Make friends and strengthen relationships with others
Promote cultural values
Experience the “cutting edge” feeling of pushing to the limits
Maintain good mental health
Various attitudes and social skills (e.g. improved self-esteem, goal-setting, and experience pride) can be developed through sport. But many of these potential benefits are still in the phase of exploration where they need to be backed by research and strong evidence. However, there are studies highlighting that reduced stress, increased academic performance and improved family relations can become protective factors for substance abuse. S4D programmes offer an enormous potential to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth and others.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recognized sport as a tool for substance abuse prevention and for raising awareness about the importance of a healthy drug-free lifestyle. Scientists have not studied all of the potential benefits of sport. But according to Wolfgang Brettschnneider (1999), who reviewed the scientific studies, research has shown that the following benefits of sport are observed among young people:
Being better able to handle stress
Increased academic performance
Better relationships with family
These are only a few of the ways that different sports have been seen to contribute to the development of young people. In prevention, UN sees these as protective factors or assets that can be potentially developed through sport, and can help prevent a range of problems, including substance abuse.
The panel discussion will be aimed at highlighting the key role of sport in changing the attitude, behaviour and outlook towards life, especially for youth. Panelists will be debating the issues in a sport that hinders the positive outcome and ways to mitigate it. In addition, the role of key players, policies, approaches and other factors that can contribute towards prevention of substance abuse among youth.
Mentoring through Sport | Sport – More than just a game
It is widely recognized that sport is an effective tool in the development of young people. There are various studies that highlight sport and physical activity programmes as an effective vehicle for personal and social development in young people (Morris, Sally banks, Willis, & Makkai, 2003). However, the way sports programmes are facilitated becomes a crucial factor to achieve the positive outcomes.
This workshop aims to enable participants with the techniques that are consistent with a mentoring approach. It will also examine the implications this has for effective sports coaching, showing that mentoring can, in fact, lead to more effective learning in both the development and sports spaces. Sports mentoring approach can also serve as a unique tool for instilling the life skills in the participants.
Panel Discussion II
Corporate and Government Investments: CSR and Policy
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a term widely used for defining the responsibilities of the corporate world towards the society and the environment. Although, the term is not new to the corporate and NGO sectors, its scope and meaning have undergone major changes from treating it as mere charity work to the responsibilities/duties of the corporate houses towards doing good for the society.
Around the world, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an increasingly important part of business operations. Sport can be a dependable and effective vehicle for CSR deployment and a vital investment towards this paradigm. The CSR Act 2013 permits corporate houses to invest the mandatory 2% of profits into sports activities and encouragement of sports.
The Government of India has recently shown increasing commitment towards investment in sport and sporting facilities across the country. This year there is an allocation of funds for upgrading the indoor and outdoor sports stadiums in Jammu and Kashmir Valley to international standards. The panel will discuss how government and corporate players can both contribute to and benefit from the programmes that employ a sports focus – whether for development or for excellence.
Panelists will also highlight the rising importance of sports in India and the far-reaching visibility it creates. They will focus on the increasing acceptability of sport as a theme for CSR projects among corporate houses. The discussion will mainly embark on the guiding principles to ensure the relevance, quality, and effectiveness of Sport for Development programmes for CSR.