Significance of a Sports Programme on the Empowerment of Youth


The lack of continuous development and proper investment in sport especially that which is targeted at the physical and psychological development of youth have been the bane of youth under development with the attendant consequence of deviant nature, engagement in crime and eroding of socio-cultural and economic contributions to social development. Sports has a special attraction to young people as it offers opportunity for fun, play and physical challenges and the development of youth oriented programmes in sport is fundamental towards promoting the sporting culture amongst young people in Nigeria. The extent to which this could be said to be applicable in our society and how it has impacted the lives of the youths. Furthermore, the extend significant of their engagement in sports programmes could also improve their health status, mortality rate and alleviate their poverty status in the community as sports industry can create opportunity for employment thus making youth productive members in the society. Conclusions and recommendations are made on the way forward that, the agencies such as state sports councils, sports clubs and federation have direct responsible for youth development and should embark on periodic sensitizations, and enlightenment programme among youths on the merit of participation in sporting activities.


Sani Muktar Bichi
Associate Professor, Human Kinetics and Health Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria


Presentation Type

Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Sport and Health



Digital Media

This presenter hasn’t added media.
Request media and follow this presentation.