Over recent years there has been an increasing and welcome realisation by Government both that sport itself is a powerful force for good (sport for sports sake) and that sport also can be an important tool to deliver Government policy objectives, especially health policy. The current Government has demonstrated that it clearly recognises the importance of sport, and there appears to be an emerging commitment to play a role in improving both grass roots participation rates and elite success.
Sports policy has over recent years evolved considerably. “Game Plan (2002)”, Government’s key sports strategy document, sets an exceptionally demanding target for increased participation rates, but lacks detailed delivery strategies and funding commitments. Government’s twin aims for sport (increasing grass roots participation and elite success) exactly mirror the strategic objectives in organisational structures of NGBs within sport.
Game Plan and other policy documents contain concrete examples of the positive impact of sport on health and strong but less quantifiable evidence of sports’ benefit to anti-crime, education and social inclusion issues. These positive impacts are largely based on increased grass roots participation. DCMS seems to have identified Sport England as the strategic leader for the delivery of community sport in England. The Government must recognise that neither DCMS nor Sport England can deliver the community sport objectives of Game Plan without partnerships in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Though Government’s stated policy is to devolve authority for spending to professional, competent and modernised NGBs, this has not yet become a reality. Indeed, voluntary sport continues to suVer from a lack of funding and a tax system that deters investment in grass roots development; sport swells the Exchequer by making a massive tax contribution, little of that contribution being reinvested by the public sector in sport. [Richard Caborn - the 2005 Minister for Sport]
Editor's comments- [ This documents the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport's, 2005 investigation into Community sport; with oral and written evidence from the key players in sport it represents a snapshot in time - prior to the awarding of the Olympic games to London - to the value of sport in British society. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : HoC. (2005). Community Sport: Oral and written evidence. London: TSO
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