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Public sports and recreation services: Making them fit for the future.

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 Councils have a major role in contributing to the promotion and delivery of increased participation in sport and physical activity. The government has set a challenging target to increase participation from current levels by 1 per cent year on year for the next 15 years.

In parallel it has ambitious plans for elite performance running up to the London Olympics in 2012 and its legacy. However, the quality and accessibility of public sports and recreation facilities are in danger of failing to support and match these aspirations.

Until the mid1980s council sports and recreation facilities were almost wholly managed in house. Since then, there has been a shift towards management by private sector contractors, and more recently to management by trusts. Although in house management still predominates, the proportion of trust managed facilities has nearly doubled over the last four years to 21 per cent, with private contractors maintaining a constant 17 per cent share of provision.

Successful strategic engagement between sports and recreation services and the health and education sectors is not common. Engagement is weakest where there are two tiers of local government. Partnership working with education providers has been encouraged through specific funding initiatives. But the large and increasing investment in school sports facilities is not being used as effectively as it could be to provide fit for purpose community sports and recreation facilities.

  

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Reference : Audit Commission. (2006). Public sports and recreation services: Making them fit for the future. London: Audit Commission

 

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