Cross party report: too few community sports facilities in the UK | Leisure Opportunities
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Kirklees Active Leisure
£23,354 - £24,917
Kirklees, United Kingdom
star job
Woburn Safari Park
Competitive
Woburn, United Kingdom
University of Leeds
£15,417 to £16,341 pa
Leeds, United Kingdom
Alfriston School
£23,045 - £24,949 pa
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
The Malvern Spa
Competitive
Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Cross party report: too few community sports facilities in the UK

Job opportunities
Coram’s Fields
£26,000 per annum
location: Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom
The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School
£21,447 pa
location: Borehamwood, United Kingdom
Bryanston School
Competitive
location: Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
more jobs

A cross-party committee of MPs has expressed its concern over the declining number of community sports facilities in the UK.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it was concerned that there are “too few facilities to enable people easily to participate in sport” and recommended a government review into how local communities can better secure the futures of playing fields and facilities and prevent unnecessary closures.

The comments were made as part of the committee’s Women and Sport report, published today (25 July).

The committee said the failure to increase the number of facilities and improve their quality could lead to more pressures being put on the NHS to treat preventable lifestyle diseases.

“We acknowledge the pressures on local authority budgets, but we fear that a diminution in the number and quality of sporting facilities will simply increase the need for more expensive health and social care interventions in a less fit population,” the committee said in its report conclusions.

“We recommend a review of programmes such as the Community Right to Bid, to enable local people more easily to defend the open spaces and facilities that they value.”

The committee also encouraged communities, clubs, sports governing bodies and Sport England to take a more creative approach to providing facilities that are affordable and flexible.

“Bringing dilapidated and outdated facilities up to standard progress is likely to be slow,” the committee said.

“Enterprising people are trying out alternatives to traditional facilities, and we commend all these efforts to bring cheap and accessible sport to people.

“Sport England is already working with a number of these people, but we recommend that Sport England draws up a strategy to assist them with advice, small grants and to spread best practice, as locally organised, locally promoted sport seems to us the most promising way of increasing participation.”

To read the full Culture, Media and Sport Committee report, click here to download it in PDF form.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
A cross-party committee of MPs has expressed its concern over the declining number of community sports facilities in the UK.
SAR,PRO,PUB
805282_965289.jpg
employer of choice
John Treharne, CEO, The Gym Group
Would you like to work for a gym operator that allows you to develop and use your skills to the full whilst being well rewarded? The Gym is totally committed to allowing 'the manager to manage' and rewarding our key personnel for delivery.