The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has one of the world's greatest population densities, which means space for sporting activities is at a premium. However, a clever sports strategy is shrinking the sports space required, meaning more opportunities to play. Sporting partners funded through the Australian-Aid funded Pacific Sports Partnerships program are attempting to alleviate the problem by serving up sports that require minimal space. Table tennis, basketball and athletics have all been running sport for development programs here, making the most of the limited recreation real estate in Kiribati.
From July 2015 – July 2016, Pacific Sports Partnerships activities reached 6,174 participants (2,062 female and 4,112 male) including 340 people with a disability (160 female and 180 male) through badminton, basketball, table tennis and athletics.
People in the community are noticing a positive change as a result of these programs, including greater participation of women, girls and people with disability, and an improvement in attitudes towards health amongst young people.
Small sports strategy: solving the sports space struggle of Kiribati