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Not the Usual Suspects: Swimming, Softball, Skateboarding, Table Tennis

This month, sports that don’t usually dominate the headlines in Sport & Development shine through to show they have much to contribute to development.

ITTF training camp, Jordan

Swimming is being used by a Sri Lankan Community to restore a community’s confidence following a tsunami.

It is also being used as a vehicle to teach young people life skills. An innovative approach has been taken by Swim Lanka and is meeting with great success.

Read more on the partnership between Swim Lanka and Terre des Hommes

The recent signing of an agreement between ISF and Olympafrica will mean many young people and communities will be exposed to the sport of softball and the benefits it can provide.

Read more about the Memorandum of Understanding

Skateboarding has leapt onto the scene in South Africa and Afghanistan where it is being used to unite young people from different ethnicities and class backgrounds.

Skateboarding is being used to provide role models, positive recreational activities and of course, education.

Read more about the Indigo Youth Movement in Durban and the Skateistan initiative in Afghanistan

Table Tennis
A number of communities world wide have been enjoying table tennis. It is being used to promote social inclusion, peace and community development.

Read more about the training camp conducted in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka; the Para Table Tennis workshop in Suva, Fiji and the community participation workshop held in Amman, Jordan, in partnership with Generations for Peace

Sports which do not enjoy a high profile status have the potential to make a difference in communities across the globe.