SAPCA calls for new government to unlock sports and physical activity sector’s full potential

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SAPCA is calling on the new Labour government to ensure the sports and physical activity sector can fulfil its potential in helping to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation.

SAPCA Chief Executive, Richard Shaw, said: “We welcome the new Labour government and we look forward to working together with it to ensure it fully utilises the huge opportunities presented by the sports, play and physical activity sector.

“Sport and physical activity stands at the heart of our communities and already positively impacts the lives of millions of people in the UK. Across the country, there are an estimated 100,000 grassroots sports clubs delivering organised sport, recreation and physical activity opportunities to people every week. These clubs not only provide opportunities for people to get and stay healthy, but also support social cohesion in an increasingly digital world where many feel disconnected.

“However, while the sector already delivers huge benefits, the full power of sport, play and physical activity isn’t currently being fully harnessed.

“There remain deep-rooted inequalities in health and in access to wider social and economic opportunities – and sport and physical activity can tackle those inequalities. One of the incoming government’s aims is to “level up” and our sector is perfectly placed to help with that.

“That’s why we are calling on the new Labour government to support the sector and help us fulfil its huge potential.

“Communities need well-designed, sustainable and inclusive facilities which can host a wide range of users of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Without these facilities – the sports pitches, courts, tracks, swimming pools and playgrounds – the sports and physical activity sector will never be able to fully deliver the health benefits and social value it is capable of.

“By supporting and investing in quality facilities and by helping to unlock planning opportunities, the new government can ensure our sector can play a full role in the efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation.”