Sports and Community Wellbeing: making progress
by Kanishk Srinivasan
Earlier this year, we announced the launch of our new ‘Sports and Community Wellbeing’ programme in the previous edition of ‘Out of the Blue’. This time around, we have an even more exciting update, as we can announce that we received a grant for a three-year project to introduce sports activities as a platform to engage with youth in coastal communities in our project sites in the Andaman Islands and Odisha from 2021 to 2024!
The SOL Foundation — an organisation based in the Principality of Liechtenstein have generously agreed to support us in our endeavours to use sports to engage with youth in coastal communities on topics of social and environmental resilience. Their mandate is to support organisations and institutions in their respective missions to tap into the power of sports to contribute to and enhance the prospects of children and youth. With their support, we have committed to first introducing this programme in our pilot sites in the Andaman Islands and Odisha.
Between February and March 2021, we also conducted a month-long pilot study in our target site in the Andaman Islands, where we worked to develop an understanding of how much physical and emotional access youth and children had to spaces where they could enjoy themselves recreationally and play sports and games in an outdoor environment. Through this, we found that there was significant scope for our proposed project, along with a lot of interest among the youth (across genders) in our programme. We were planning to conduct a similar study in our target sites in Odisha, but pandemic-induced restrictions meant that we had to put those plans on hold for a while until circumstances were more conducive for field travel. In the meantime, we have been looking inwards and exploring further options for how we can continue moving ahead with developing our programme in the current circumstances, and we do have some exciting ideas in store!
Stay tuned to this space for more updates!