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Extended opportunies: A Conservative policy paper on sport.

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The Conservative Party believes in sport as a means to improve lives. All the evidence suggests that people who play sport perform better at work or at school and are happier, healthier and more socially cohesive.

So the sports mission of a future Conservative Government is simple. We want to extend the opportunities available through sport to the maximum number of people – and are prepared to be judged on that basis.

This report is an important indicator of our direction of travel, and follows on from previous work done by the Carter Report, the Moynihan/Hoey Independent Sports Review and Sport Think Tank’s ‘Towards a Better Future for Youth Sport’. It is also the result of over a thousand visits done by the Shadow Sport and Olympics team to sports bodies and organisations in this country and abroad – most particularly in Canada and Australia.

Our policies have moved on from the 2005 General Election not least because Conservative proposals on the reform of Sport England and the creation of an independent anti doping agency have been adopted by the Government. We have also, necessarily, been influenced by the current economic conditions and the realisation that the next Parliament will be dominated, in sports terms, by London 2012 and the 2018 Football World Cup bid.



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Editor's comments - [  This report was published whilst the Conservatives were in opposition;

Research carried out by the Shadow sports team has identified four key themes that inform a successful sports policy:

1. Efficient delivery mechanisms. In order to achieve desired outcomes, sports policy needs efficient delivery mechanisms. Conservatives would use Sport National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to drive improvements in sport.

2. Empowering Local Communities. Unless local sports networks are nurtured and expanded, central government initiatives, however worthy, will always flounder. Rather than drive policy by centrally imposed, top down targets, Conservatives will encourage local communities to develop their own sports offer.

3. Cutting Bureaucracy. Volunteers are crucial to the delivery of community sport in this country but have been deterred by the vast increase in bureaucracy affecting sport over the past decade, which has strangled innovation and enterprise. Conservatives would put light touch regulation at the heart of sports policy and use streamlined structures to cut the administrative overload.

4. Reducing the Dependency Culture Conservatives believe that the private sector has a key role to play in developing sport, in partnership with exchequer and lottery funding. We will take the necessary action to stimulate private sector investment rather than leaving sport to wait for public sector handouts.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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