Unless there is an effective sports lobby, the fact is that sport will not get either the recognition, in terms of the political priorities, or…the economic resources that I believe it deserves and, indeed, must receive. We are not saying, of course, that sport alone can solve all the problems of regeneration, but…it has suffered in the past from a lack of recognition from community developers who, perhaps, have seen it more as an optional extra than as a viable tool for regeneration. It is our job to get the message across just how sport can contribute to the community.
Tony Banks, Minister for Sport 
Editor's comments - [ This document provides evidence [1999, & such as it is] of the contribution of sport to: Community regeneration, community safety, voluntary involvement, health, young people and education, local economies, the environment.
Sport and Best Value
Best Value was a part of New Labour’s wider modernisation programme aimed at bringing councils closer to their communities and promoting the role of councils in community leadership and governance. There was a statutory duty upon all local authorities to meet the requirements of Best Value as set out in the Local Government Bill published on 30th September 1998. Best Value applied to all local authorities as from 1st April 2000 ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Sport England (1999). Best value through sport: The value of sport to local authorities. London: Sport England.
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