Sport and recreation are part of the broader cultural infrastructure that helps to define the image of an area. It can play a vital role in the economic, social and cultural life of the county, as was recognised in the public consultation that took place for the development of Outlook, the ten-year economic, social and cultural strategy for Co. Wicklow
Sport can contribute to the regeneration of communities and build civic pride, along with wider social policies. It can enhance the quality of life of individuals, contributing to their physical and mental health. It can contribute to healthy communities in fostering a sense of belonging and community ties.
Chapter 15 of the Wicklow County Development Plan 2010 - 2016 outlines the policy for recreation in the County.