“Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”
- Nelson Mandela
In the past, we have run free rugby 7s camps that looked to engage young people and promote the social growth that comes with sport participation. But as we look to the future, we wish to have a long-term sustainable impact on young people and their communities. It's easy for those born into less privileged circumstances to fall through the cracks in the system. With this comes a number of social issues that frequently tear those communities apart, creating disenfranchised groups outside of traditional society.
Our plan is to help bridge those gaps through providing inclusive sports participation, and lowering the barrier to health and fitness and in the long term use education to create socio-economic opportunity.
We don't believe that charity is a sustainable way to insight social change, we believe this can be done through social business. We do this by creating a model that gives people a hand up, rather than a handout. We propose to do this through reinvesting profits from commercial sports provision into a tiered social outreach program that focuses on inclusive sports for all.
Our proposal for social change incorporates a number of projects that use sport as a tool, to up-skill and empower the individuals and groups we work with. Specifically, we are focusing on at-risk young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and female participation in sport, addressing a number of social issues as we do.
This includes working with existing organizations to add value to what they do, such as our partnership with the Leeds University Women's Rugby Club. Or our own in-house social change through sports projects. We take a tiered approach that combines sports on-the pitch & fitness in the gym guided by professional coaches.
We will be rolling out our plans for social change as we approach the new year.
Sport has a unique place in our society, it can be a hobby, a distraction from the realities of life, for a few it is even a profession. But it also has the potential to unite all of us, behind a common culture that can bring even the most distant of peoples together. We believe this is the catalyst for social change.
Our vision for Tropic Nation has always been a community hub firmly rooted in social change. Specifically, this is through sport, and the positive influence it can have on communities. It is our mission to bring as many people together through sport as we can.