Bigger Picture Sport

When we play sport – our whole community wins
Swimming coach with kids

Sport plays a major role in the future of our kids

About Bigger Picture Sport  

When we play sport our whole community wins:

  • Investing in sport is a great way to improve the physical and mental health of our children
  • Sport plays a huge role in bringing people together and this means a safer and happier community
  • Active healthy kids do better at school.                                   

Securing the future 

Playing sport is not a luxury, sport plays a major role in securing the future of our kids and the future of our State.

Sport does not ‘just happen’, it takes the combined effort of hundreds of thousands of great Western Australian volunteers to run our 5000 sport clubs. It takes the expertise of thousands of sport administrators in close to 100 state sporting associations. And of course there must be somewhere for the millions of participants – the kids, the mums and dads, the weekend warriors, the seniors, and the elite to play.

The role of State Government

Put simply, we want more Western Australians to be physically active.

The role of the State Government is to support participation and the hundreds of thousands of people who contribute to making the Western Australian sport system one of the best in the world.

It is the role of State Government to help provide the infrastructure – the basketball courts, the stadiums, the hockey pitches that allow our kids and our champions to participate in sport now and into the future.

This website is for you. Have a look and you will:

Aboriginal sport

The State Government recognises the value of sport and recreation to Aboriginal people community and we’re committed to increasing participation in physical activity by building the community capacity to encourage it.

Find out how sport is uniquely placed to unite cultures and communities.

Active kids are smarter

Research proves that if your kid is physically active they do better at school.

Physical activity enhances cognitive function improving memory, behaviour, concentration and academic achievement.

On the other hand inactivity negatively impacts brain health and executive control including: 

  • maintaining focus
  • working memory
  • multi-tasking.
An infographic showing how active kids are smarter with information written on the page.

Did you know?

  • Most research shows replacing academic lessons with physical activity does not have a detrimental impact on school grades – in fact some research shows increased participation in physical activity leads to better grades.
  • Most university-based, internationally-published research in this field has found a positive link between children’s physical activity participation and academic achievement.
  • Short amounts of exercise benefits executive functions.
  • More intense physical activity out of school resulted in higher test scores and improved reading comprehension.
  • Physical activity intervention led to significant improvements in children’s maths scores.
  • Students who exercised more, participated in sport and achieved higher grade point averages.

Why is this?

  • Exercise can increase levels  of a brain growth factor.
  • Exercise can stimulate nerve growth.
  • Regular physical activity may reduce plasma noradrenaline (a vasoconstrictor which reduces blood flow to the brain).
  • Exercise increases blood flow to the cortex of the brain.
  • Physical activity improves children’s concentration, attention and reasoning ability.
  • Physical activity leads to improvement in cognitive control.

In other words – if you exercise, your brain is fitter and works better. It’s pretty simple!

Who says this?

  • Journal of Paediatrics
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
  • Journal of School Health
  • Journal of Paediatric Psychology
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Canadian Association for Health
  • Physical Education and Recreation Research Supplement
  • Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Journal of Sports Behaviour
  • European Journal of Preventative Medicine
  • European Journal of Public Health
  • Journal of Adolescent Health
  • Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics
  • American Journal of Health Behaviour
  • International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Journal of Neurology.

30 ways sport and recreation benefits people and communities

30 ways sport and recreation benefits people and communities as explained in the list on this page
  1. Brings people together, providing opportunities for social interaction.
  2. Empowers, inspires and motivates individuals.
  3. Keeps kids away from the TV or computer screen!
  4. Kids who participate learn better and are more likely to enjoy school.
  5. Improves mental health.
  6. Eases pressure on the health system.
  7. Contributes to social capital.
  8. Healthy workers are more productive and take less sick days.
  9. Creates positive alternatives to youth offending, antisocial behaviour and crime.
  10. Reduces pollution – promotes use of active modes of transport like walking and cycling.
  11. Provides a vehicle for inclusion, drawing together people of different races, religions and cultures.
  12. Creates opportunities for, and promotes, volunteering.
  13. Contributes to higher levels of self-esteem and self-worth.
  14. Helps to sustain the environment through protecting open space and natural areas.
  15. Sport and recreation clubs are the hub of community life, especially in the regions.
  16. Provides work/life balance.
  17. Binds families and communities through shared experiences.
  18. Helps shape our national character and pride.
  19. Creates employment opportunities.
  20. Promotes a healthy, active lifestyle.
  21. Develops life skills and leadership abilities.
  22. Provides a sense of belonging.
  23. Fosters community pride.
  24. Tones and strengthens the body.
  25. Galvanises communities in times of need.
  26. Economic growth through business investment, employment, major events and tourism.
  27. Contributes to lifelong learning.
  28. Great opportunities for networking.
  29. Reduces obesity.
  30. Can help to prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers.