The Youth Sport Trust has welcomed the Government's wide-ranging public consultation on a new Sport Strategy in the UK, which aims to ensure more people participate in sport by maximising the level of public funding distributed to the sector.
The consultation, which was launched today (4th August) by Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, calls on interested groups and the public - people who are involved in sport and people who are not - to voice their opinion on what more can be done to use sport to help improve many more lives.
The public consultation will run for just under nine weeks until 2nd October. It sets out 10 broad themes that the Government wants to engage with the public on. The themes are: Participation; Physical Activity; Children and Young People; Financial Sustainability; Coaching, Workforce and Good Governance; Elite and Professional Sport; Infrastructure; Fairness and Equality; Safety and Wellbeing; International Influence and Major Sporting Events.
The consultation comes after the Youth Sport Trust's 'Unlocking Potential' manifesto, launched in January this year, called on the Government to put forward a joined-up, cross departmental approach for sport with a key emphasis on PE, school sport and physical activity.
Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: "The Youth Sport Trust welcomes the Government's wide-ranging public consultation on sport in the UK. It is vital that we have a coherent, joined-up strategy for sport because of the numerous benefits it provides.
"Our 'Unlocking Potential' manifesto, launched earlier this year, outlined three overarching asks for Government: more time for higher quality PE, physical activities embedded into every school day and sustained competitive sport in schools. We believe, if implemented, these would ensure every child has the opportunity to develop physical literacy, enjoy being physically active, and as a result become healthier and achieve more in school and life. We will encourage schools to engage in the consultation and ensure that PE and school sport is placed at the heart of our response, supporting the Government to look very seriously at the issues we have been championing throughout our 20 year history."
In launching the consultation, Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: "Sport has such a positive impact on people's lives and I want to embed participation into this nation's DNA. I want to make sure that the sports sector gives everybody - no matter who they are and what their ability - the chance to take part. However public funding is a privilege not a right and has to go to the organisations that can make a real difference. I want to hear views from people and groups on what more we can do to strengthen sport in this country across the board."
The Youth Sport Trust would encourage all of our partners and networks to contribute to the consultation and express their views. In order to respond, please click here