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Demonstrating how 'real life' solutions are making a real difference to the quality of life in rural areas can be very powerful. The case studies below have been compiled to offer you a greater insight into what works in engaging rural communities through sport and recreation. The case studies demonstrate some generic success factors, including; a commitment to sharing resources, a multi-activity approach, a commitment to investing in people as well as places and innovative in approach.

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Sport has been used for some time now as an anti-social behaviour, crime reduction, social exclusion and community cohesion tool.
compton, surrey

Compton is a village which had very little leisure provision for older children and teenagers. After consultation between the Parish Council and the youngsters themselves, a basketball court was created.

manea, cambridgeshire.

Lack of sporting opportunities led to a initiative supported by many public bodies resulting in the creation of a number of sports clubs.

mayfield, east sussex.

limited opportunities for young people to engage in physical and other leisure activities were leading to social problems. A consultation exercise led to the creation of a youth club, skateboard park and multi-duty sports court.

medway, kent.

lack of sporting opportunities in rural areas across Medway district led to a scheme to create sports clubs and promote volunteering.

newport pagnell, buckinghamshire.

young people using public facilities to use their skateboards and BMX's was becoming a problem. To remedy this a purpose built facility was built.

peak district, derbyshire.

a scheme to increase sporting opportunities and participation within targetted wards of two rural districts.