Newsrooms across the country are busy trying to make sense of a national conversation about localism, the importance of sports clubs, and the role of sports teams in communities.

But it’s the role that sports teams play in creating the culture of our cities and towns that really matters, writes Graham Williams.

A local sport?

That’s a tricky one.

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “sports” is a game of football, but many people don’t realise the sporting culture in a place like London has been hugely influenced by football, rugby union, cricket, and rugby league, says James Mottram, a lecturer at the University of East Anglia.

“We don’t just look at the size of the crowd, we also look at who’s playing,” he says.

“You might not realise how much this has contributed to the culture.”

In fact, in the UK, the sport of cricket is the second most popular sport after football, after rugby union.

But this does not mean that there is an unwritten rule of sporting inclusion.

The BBC has been tracking the impact of sports on communities in its History series, which has been running since 2011.

One of the series’ main themes is the impact that sports have had on the local culture of some parts of the UK.

“A lot of the sports that we play and the things that we like to do are not the same things that people are doing in a city or town,” says Mottrams.

“I’m really looking at the impact [of sports] on people, and whether that’s reflected in the culture that they’re creating.”

In other words, does the culture around a sport reflect the people playing it, or is it simply a way of creating something special for their town?

“There is a kind of myth that sports are a place where people hang out, but I think it’s actually a place that people come to for a reason,” says James.

“It’s not because they enjoy being out and about.

And that’s what I’m looking at. “

If you go to a sport club or a cricket ground or a rugby league ground, people are going to have their own individual identities.

And that’s what I’m looking at.

If people don [feel] they are a part of the club or the country, it might be that the culture isn’t as strong as I would like.”

Sports can also provide a place for people to get away from the routine of everyday life, says Mowbray.

“The idea that you can go to work, or you can have a cup of tea, or go to the gym and do it all by yourself and do something that’s very different, I think, to what people might do in their day-to-day life, that’s just not the case,” she says.

As well as a place to play, “a sport is a place of expression,” adds Mottrums.

“When you see the athletes that are out there doing things that they wouldn’t be able to do in the ordinary way, it’s not just about them playing, it also comes down to people having fun.”

But it is also important to look at what happens when people leave their communities for other reasons.

“There’s this idea that sport and community can be one and the same thing,” says Sarah Macdonald, an independent social worker and sports therapist.

“But there’s an element of community and sport that can overlap.”

A community sports culture can be something that doesn’t just help the individual, but also the community, she says, adding that the social benefits are worth the “cost”.

In the UK at the moment, “there is a big debate about the impact sport has on the culture,” says Macdonald.

“That’s one of our major concerns when it comes to sport. “

It’s a really good way to break down barriers and get to a point where people can move away from a place and reconnect with their community.” “

That’s one of our major concerns when it comes to sport.

It’s a really good way to break down barriers and get to a point where people can move away from a place and reconnect with their community.”

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