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2015 Manifestos: Where does Sports Policy feature?

Here we have extrapolated some of the key proposals from each of the major parties that will effect the sports sector directly.

Despite there being little dedicated to sports policy in the main manifestos (which illustrates where sport sits as a priority both for the parties and the electorate), there are a wide range of ideas proposed, from expanding American professional sports to changing acronyms.

With a hung parliament the most likely result to the May 7th Election, it will be interesting to see how and if these policies could be woven together in the event of a coalition government.

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Sport Education

  • Labour would guarantee two hours of organised sport each week in school. (pg. 55)
  • They would also "set a new national ambition" to encourage the uptake of physical activity. (pg. 35)


  • They would introduce new legislation to "enable accredited supporters trusts to appoint and remove at least two of the directors of a football club and to purchase shares when the club changes hands". (pg. 56)
  • Labour is committed to ensuring that the Premier League "delivers on its promise to invest five per cent of its domestic and international television rights income into funding the grassroots". (pg. 56)

Sport Fans

  • Labour would also review the role of fan participation in other sports. (pg. 56)


  • Labour would look to "promote cycling". (pg. 19)

Liberal Democrats


  • The Liberal Democrats would "give football fans a greater say in how their clubs are run by encouraging the reform of football governance rules". (pg. 137)
  • They would work with the Sports Ground Safety Authority to produce guidance on safe standing areas. (pg. 50)
  • They would make homophobic chanting illegal at football matches. (pg. 107)

Physical Activity

  • They would promote 'social prescribing' of sporting activity to tackle health problems including mental health and obesity. (pg. 75)
  • They would open "up more sports facilities". (pg. 75)


  • The Liberal Democrats would "encourage walking and cycling." (pg. 87)
  • Planning law would be updated to "ensure new developments promote walking, cycling" (pg. 97)
  • They would "implement the recommendations of the Get Britain Cycling report, including steps to deliver a £10 a head annual public expenditure on cycling within existing budgets." (pg. 88)
  • They have pledged for greater investment in road safety measures for cyclists, including bicycle lanes. (pg. 88)


  • The Conservatives would continue to support elite sports funding as part of our Olympic and Paralympic legacy. (pg. 42)
  • They would also support new sports in the UK, in particular through greater links with the US National Football League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, with the ultimate ambition of new franchises being based here. (pg. 42)
  • For school sport, the Conservatives would provide £150m a year, paid directly to head-teachers, ensuring a minimum of two hours high class sport and PE each week. (pg. 42)
  • They plan to improve the quality of Community Sports facilities, working with local authorities, the Football Association and the Premier League to fund investment in artificial football pitches in more than 30 cities across England. (pg. 42)
  • The Conservatives have pledged to lift the number of women on national sports governing bodies to at least 25 per cent by 2017, and seek to increase participation in sport by women and girls. (pg. 42)
  • They have pledged to build a new consensus around participation and more specifically about using sport as a 'tool for social good'


  • UKIP would abolish the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. (pg. 9)


  • Commitment to 'active lifestyles through sport' (pg.29)
  • The Scottish Government would decide which sporting events in Scotland should be included in the list of those that are free to view in Scotland. (pg.21)

Plaid Cymru

  • Plaid Cymru pledge to "promote sports, exercise and activity for all age groups, genders, abilities as a means of maintaining indi1vidual health and wellbeing" (pg. 60), the party calls for "sport and fitness activities [to be] available to everyone in many different types of locations around Wales" (pg. 61) and to "make it easier for people to access wellbeing facilities". (pg. 19)
  • The 'Inspire Wales' programme would continue. (pg. 61)
  • Plaid would look into delivering sport participation regionally across Wales, linking between local and regional bodies. (pg. 61)
  • They would "design particular schemes to encourage teenage girls to take part in fitness programmes". (pg. 61)
  • Would look at bringing the Tour De France to Wales. (pg. 61)
  • Calls for a Welsh cricket team to be represented at the International Cricket Council. (pg. 61)
  • Would "support the development of grassroots sports in every part of Wales". (pg. 61)
  • Calls for "elite athletes to play a role in promoting sport across Wales, visiting schools, youth clubs". (pg. 61)


  • The party would set targets for participation in sports by women, ethnic minorities and disabled people and "support initiatives to make the arts and sports accessible to all". (pg. 61)
  • The Greens have promised to make sure all children get at least a half-day equivalent of sports in school and encourage both the use of schools sports facilities by the community and participation in regional and national sporting events by our young people. (pg. 61)
  • The Green Party would grant employees the legal right in certain circumstances to turn their company into a worker's cooperatives or, for example, grant the right to turn sporting clubs, in particular football clubs, into community and supporter cooperatives by giving powers for season ticket holders backed by the local community to take over the running of a club. (pg. 48)


  • The DUP propose that the British Olympic Association changes its name to Team UK or use the full title of Team GBNI. (pg. 12)