Sport and Recreation Alliance respond to Sport in our Communities report

Posted: Fri, 30 Jul 2021 11:47

Sport and Recreation Alliance respond to Sport in our Communities report

The DCMS Committee has published a report that highlights several of the significant challenges the community sports sector has faced during COVID-19, and what needs to be done to ensure its long-term survival.

The report follows a nine-month inquiry into sport in our communities during which many sporting organisations, including the Alliance, submitted written and oral evidence about their concerns for the future of the sector as a result of the pandemic.

Responding to the report, Martin Lindsey, Chief Operating Officer of the Sport and Recreation Alliance said, "We are grateful to the Committee for undertaking this inquiry which has shone a light on the impact of COVID-19 on the nation's activity levels and the wider sector.

"As expected, despite the remarkable work of many sports groups, organisations and volunteers in supporting their communities during the pandemic, the report paints a worrying picture of the impact of COVID-19 on participation, volunteering, financial viability and access to facilities.

"It is important that we use the lessons learnt and recommendations to help the nation to fight back and remain physically and mentally healthy as we emerge from one of the most testing periods in history...

From the Sport & Recreation Alliance.

Tags: DCMS, Health, Policy, Sport, participation