Sport councils are mechanisms to encourage greater cooperation and collaboration among sports groups. Their development has been encouraged by municipal councils, appointed recreation advisory committees, staff, or tourism authorities to provide a collective voice for sport in a community. They are intended to break down barriers between sports, serve as a liaison on sport issues, and support joint advocacy regarding sport needs.
Some sport councils focus solely on promoting and advocating for sport in their communities, while others may execute an event hosting and economic development mandate as part of a larger sport tourism and economic development strategy in their respective community.
Benefits of a sport council include: