Community sport and recreation programmes are universally designed around community-based facilities with the aim of promoting access to recreational opportunities and a structured sport development continuum.
These programmes comprise a combination of specially selected activities, usually with a specific objective in mind and linked to the needs of the intended target group. In addition, all programme aims will be driven by the underlying premise that sport and recreation should contribute to improving the health and well being of the individual participants and to improve the quality of life through positive interaction. This upholds the view that sport and recreation can be both an end itself as well as a means to end.
When community sport and recreation are viewed as a tool and vehicle for the achievement of some goal, they open the way to exploring the community enrichment potential of sport and recreation in any given setting. Community enrichment settings can be as varied as the range of possibilities from which activities can be chosen to create a community sport and recreation programme.
A further way in which community sport and recreation programmes can be used for community enrichment is to create an awareness of, and education about pertinent and relevant community related issues affecting individuals, specific target groups, and/or communities. Examples of these issues include HIV/Aids and sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, lack of exercise and fitness and rape.