Sport and play are a crucial part of every child’s life. They can help children develop self-confidence, teach team work and help keep children active and healthy.
But sport can have an even deeper impact in developing communities. It can help children get into education, recover from stressful situations and to develop confidence, particularly in girls.
We've teamed up with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to make them a big moment for children.
These photos show just some of the ways in which UNICEF uses sport to improve children’s lives and strengthen communities.
In Bangladesh, where floods happen regularly, many young children drown because they can't swim. That's why we've introduced survival swimming lessons for children in flood-prone areas. The lessons improve young children’s confidence in water and help them understand its dangers. Read more about this programme on the UNICEF UK Blog.