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Red Card to Red Tape: How sport and recreation clubs want to break free from bureaucracy

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There are 150,000 sports clubs across the UK. They are a welcome feature of every town and village across the country. From the leafy village cricket club to the floodlit midnight basketball league, our clubs are as much a part of the fabric of our communities as our primary schools, post offices and family doctors.

Our clubs are run by volunteers. These people give up their time because they love their particular sport and they want to pass on the same opportunities they had, to give something back to their community or to feel part of something bigger.

Yet today they are fed up. Because,as the years have gone by, many have begun to feel that their efforts are being deadened by the creeping burden of official red tape and bureaucracy; that rather than helping to run a club, they are helping bureaucrats. They are spending club time and club money on things which mean little to the club.

No one remembers when it began. I am sure that the first form to be issued to sports clubs was well-intentioned; that it was intended to improve some aspect or other of clubs’ contribution to their communities. But soon there was another form. And then came a regulation. And then there was a legal duty. And then there was a licence. Before anyone knew it, many of our sports clubs were beset with red tape and bureaucracy – and all to do more or less exactly the same things they were doing 100 years ago but without any of the forms, licences or certificates.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance (formerly the CCPR) represents 320 governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation – organisations like The FA, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Ramblers and the British Dance Council. And for many years we have fought against the tide of red tape.

But whenever we have raised a concern we invariably hear that there is a particularly good reason in this instance: that this is something that can no longer be overlooked; that there is demand from the public for this to happen. At no point did anyone in Government look at the bigger picture of how a regulation from one Government Department was added to a requirement from a local authority, which sat on top of a licence demanded from a non-departmental body. Thus slowly but surely our sports clubs have been inundated with bureaucracy. So when asked by Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport (2011) and the Olympics, to compile a review into the weight of this bureaucracy and red tape the Sport and Recreation Alliance was only too happy to help.



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Editor's comments - [  The Sport & Recreation Alliance was formerly known as the CCPR. This Review has compiled evidence from 1,400 sports clubs. It has held expert workshops and invited evidence from every side of the debate.

The Review’s findings – and most importantly its suggestions to reduce red tape – will (perhaps) form part of the Government’s wider review of regulation. As well-meaning as most regulation is, the SRA are delighted that Ministers are now perhaps taking a more holistic view of how it is affecting our sports clubs – they have given the SRA hope that sports clubs will not die of a thousand regulatory cuts - yet nothing with the coalition government is certain.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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