The need for SPEED

The need for SPEED

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The idea that sports redirects certain natural human tendencies towards aggression and competition is as old as civilization itself. The Olympic Games were a formalization of this pseudo-aggression to create cooperation between cultures and nations.

Although sports have gradually become independent entities in themselves and their cultural binds have become weaker or thinner while their recreational, entertainment and entrepreneurial ties have become stronger or tighter with entire industries growing up around such activities, still, as a common, non-threatening, integrating, harmonizing instrument, there are few other human efforts that compare well against sports.

Thus, “sports for peace” is a statement of the obvious and the very reason why sports came into being and became an integral part of human civilization.

Simultaneously, and equally importantly, sports enable practitioners towards healthier and more wholesome lifestyles. A healthy nation is capable of lifting itself up by its own bootstraps and creates the best possible environment for a well-balanced society capable of holding itself firmly over the long term to strong value systems. Factoring in the overarching entrepreneurial and ambassadorial aspects of sport and it is immediately clear how it can boost economies and enhance a country’s reputation through the proliferation of businesses around sport and the performance based excellence of athletes.

 Against this background, SPEED sees itself both capable and relevant in addressing and responding to the following critical requirements:

  • Strong advocacy for policy coherence and a team capable of formulating a comprehensive blueprint for improving sports performance as well as sport for development and peace as per the national sports policy
  • A team of social anthropologists and activists with strong capabilities in getting primary messaging to the people at the grassroots level through sound outreach programs and equally strong response strategies at the provincial and national levels
  • A team of sport experts and trainers capable of increasing the capacity of rural and national coaches and trainers
  • A strong team of academic researchers capable of providing innovative, scientifically consistent techniques for improving sports performance
  • A team of facilitators who can provide systems and processes for coordinating national sports performance and sport for peace and development by interconnecting various stakeholders from multiple sectors
  • An expert networking and fund raising team with the capabilities to liaise with international sports bodies, UN and Commonwealth initiative on SDP, donor agencies and individual philanthropists
  • High quality, up-to-date facilities for sport development, Research & Development, outreach