Government calls for public sporting revival – local clubs must have their say

Robin Walker, MP for Worcester and a huge sports fan, has welcomed an announcement from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), that Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has launched a wide-ranging public consultation on sport in the UK.

The government wants to hear from interested groups and the public – people who are involved in sport and people who aren’t – on what more can be done to use sport to help improve many more lives.

Robin will be writing to all of his local clubs to encourage them to respond to this consultation; which is inviting individuals and organisations to share their views on the following:

  • 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

Robin said:

“Worcester is a great sporting city and our city’s voice ought to be heard in such an important piece of work. I want Worcester to be at the heart of the country’s sporting revival and what better time to do it than in the year of the rugby World Cup and the year that Worcester launched plans for an international centre for accessible sports.”

 

“I cannot claim to be much of a sportsman myself but I realise that sport makes a huge contribution to the quality of life in Worcester. Just like thousands of constituents, watching sport here is one of the things that makes me proudest of Worcester. From the beauty of New Road to the epic atmosphere at a Friday night match at Sixways, from swimming to football, racing to basketball and with a real and growing specialism in disability sports, Worcester has a huge amount to offer. I want to make sure our voice is heard in this important 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.”

 

Notes to Editors:

The public consultation closes on 2nd October 2015. To get involved, visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-new-strategy-for-sport-consultation

For further information on DCMS, visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sport