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press release: ukactive

National Sector Partners Group for sport, recreation and physical activity meet with Shadow Minister for Sport, Stephanie Peacock

29 Jan 2024
The physical activity sector saves the NHS £9.5bn through preventing illness and generates £85bn by boosting wellbeing / Shutterstock.com / Maridav
On Tuesday 16 January, Shadow Sport Minister Stephanie Peacock MP met with the sport and physical activity sector’s representative organisations to discuss how Labour can harness the impact of sport, recreation and physical activity to create a happier, healthier and more prosperous nation in the event of a change of Government. 

Our sector has the power to change lives and help address key priorities including relieving NHS pressures, breaking down barriers to opportunity, strengthening local communities and boosting economic growth.  

By offering opportunities to be active across our communities and schools, our sector already saves the NHS £9.5bn through preventing illness and generates £85bn by boosting wellbeing, empowering communities and generating economic activity. But a third of people living in the UK remain physically inactive and already stark inequalities are widening. 

A shift in how we look at improving the health and wellbeing of this nation must be at the heart of any future Government’s strategy, and the role sport and physical activity will be integral to this. We must make it easier for people to play, move and be active in any way they choose by ensuring sport, recreation and physical activity is accessible and affordable for everyone. This must be based on a cross-governmental approach, given the potential of grassroots sport and physical activity to provide national solutions across many of the Government’s priorities and responsibilities. 

Our country needs impactful solutions to rapidly support its renewal, and our sector is committed to play its fullest role, if leaders have the ambition to unlock its potential. We welcome the engagement from the Shadow Sport Minister and look forward to working with her and the shadow Labour team on their plans for our sector.  
 
About the National Sector Partners Group 
This statement is issued on behalf of a coalition of lead representative bodies from across the sport, recreation and physical activity sectors: 

- Active Partnerships 

- Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) 

- Sport for Development Coalition 

- Sport and Recreation Alliance 

- ukactive 

- Youth Sport Trust 

Through our collaborative work as sector partners, we aim to engage decision makers to improve the operating landscape for the sector and embed sport, recreation and physical activity as a key contributor to wider public policy objectives. 

As part of wider work through the National Sector Partners Group (NSPG), we published Unlocking the Potential which sets out how sport, recreation and physical activity can be integral to successfully delivering a number of key Government priorities including Levelling Up, driving economic growth, achieving Net Zero and supporting the NHS. The report also proposes a range of systemic interventions including access to investment, tax and regulatory changes and wider policy reform which the coalition believes are key to maximising this role. 
 
To read the NSPG report, ‘Unlocking the Potential’, click here.
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A shared mission to enhance industry standards has been announced (on 9 April) as part of a landmark collaboration between the physical activity sector’s leading bodies.
ukactive and 4GLOBAL have published the first annual Private Sector Benchmarking report, which represents the most accurate picture yet of the scale and impact of privately operated fitness facilities** within the UK.
The Chancellor said there can be no “solid growth without solid finances”, but we know there can be no growth without improved health too. The announcements yesterday will do little to move the dial on physical activity levels nor unlock the potential of our sector to contribute to wider Government policy priorities.
The Spring Budget is ordinarily one of the Government’s biggest milestones within the year. It features the Government’s financial interventions, such as tax cuts/rises and spending commitment, as well as signalling the direction of travel for the year ahead.
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The first annual Private Sector Benchmarking report was released today (27 March). A collaboration between UK Active and 4Global, the aim of the research is to provide accurate insight into the state of UK-based private sector health clubs.
In a soft power exercise, politicians in the UK have been invited to take part in a challenge which encourages them to be more active, while raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity.
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Tel: 020 8158 9700
Address: The Bloomsbury Building, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL, United Kingdom
Huw Edwards, CEO
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press release: ukactive

National Sector Partners Group for sport, recreation and physical activity meet with Shadow Minister for Sport, Stephanie Peacock

29 Jan 2024
The physical activity sector saves the NHS £9.5bn through preventing illness and generates £85bn by boosting wellbeing / Shutterstock.com / Maridav
On Tuesday 16 January, Shadow Sport Minister Stephanie Peacock MP met with the sport and physical activity sector’s representative organisations to discuss how Labour can harness the impact of sport, recreation and physical activity to create a happier, healthier and more prosperous nation in the event of a change of Government. 

Our sector has the power to change lives and help address key priorities including relieving NHS pressures, breaking down barriers to opportunity, strengthening local communities and boosting economic growth.  

By offering opportunities to be active across our communities and schools, our sector already saves the NHS £9.5bn through preventing illness and generates £85bn by boosting wellbeing, empowering communities and generating economic activity. But a third of people living in the UK remain physically inactive and already stark inequalities are widening. 

A shift in how we look at improving the health and wellbeing of this nation must be at the heart of any future Government’s strategy, and the role sport and physical activity will be integral to this. We must make it easier for people to play, move and be active in any way they choose by ensuring sport, recreation and physical activity is accessible and affordable for everyone. This must be based on a cross-governmental approach, given the potential of grassroots sport and physical activity to provide national solutions across many of the Government’s priorities and responsibilities. 

Our country needs impactful solutions to rapidly support its renewal, and our sector is committed to play its fullest role, if leaders have the ambition to unlock its potential. We welcome the engagement from the Shadow Sport Minister and look forward to working with her and the shadow Labour team on their plans for our sector.  
 
About the National Sector Partners Group 
This statement is issued on behalf of a coalition of lead representative bodies from across the sport, recreation and physical activity sectors: 

- Active Partnerships 

- Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) 

- Sport for Development Coalition 

- Sport and Recreation Alliance 

- ukactive 

- Youth Sport Trust 

Through our collaborative work as sector partners, we aim to engage decision makers to improve the operating landscape for the sector and embed sport, recreation and physical activity as a key contributor to wider public policy objectives. 

As part of wider work through the National Sector Partners Group (NSPG), we published Unlocking the Potential which sets out how sport, recreation and physical activity can be integral to successfully delivering a number of key Government priorities including Levelling Up, driving economic growth, achieving Net Zero and supporting the NHS. The report also proposes a range of systemic interventions including access to investment, tax and regulatory changes and wider policy reform which the coalition believes are key to maximising this role. 
 
To read the NSPG report, ‘Unlocking the Potential’, click here.
More press releases and updates from ukactive:
ukactive, This Girl Can, Safer Business Network, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor of London have joined forces to launch a pilot of the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign across 11 fitness and leisure centres in south west London.
A shared mission to enhance industry standards has been announced (on 9 April) as part of a landmark collaboration between the physical activity sector’s leading bodies.
ukactive and 4GLOBAL have published the first annual Private Sector Benchmarking report, which represents the most accurate picture yet of the scale and impact of privately operated fitness facilities** within the UK.
The Chancellor said there can be no “solid growth without solid finances”, but we know there can be no growth without improved health too. The announcements yesterday will do little to move the dial on physical activity levels nor unlock the potential of our sector to contribute to wider Government policy priorities.
The Spring Budget is ordinarily one of the Government’s biggest milestones within the year. It features the Government’s financial interventions, such as tax cuts/rises and spending commitment, as well as signalling the direction of travel for the year ahead.
ukactive: news from HCMmag.com and FitTechGlobal.com
UK Active has announced details of its annual health and fitness industry awards ceremony, which will take place in Birmingham on the evening of Thursday 3 October at the International Convention Centre.
The first annual Private Sector Benchmarking report was released today (27 March). A collaboration between UK Active and 4Global, the aim of the research is to provide accurate insight into the state of UK-based private sector health clubs.
In a soft power exercise, politicians in the UK have been invited to take part in a challenge which encourages them to be more active, while raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity.
Mike Farrar, chair of UK Active, has called on the UK government to deploy the physical activity sector to support the NHS and tackle the UK’s pandemic of poor health and sluggish economy.
ukactive: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
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Remember when there was mass hostility about London hosting the 2012 Olympics? Huw Edwards, CEO of UK Active, was there. He talks to Kath Hudson about the lessons he learned
Consumer expectations are rising all the time, but nowhere more than in relation to digital. UK Active’s Dave Gerrish explains how the industry is shaping up
Kath Hudson talks to industry experts from around the world about their key takeaways from last year and their hopes for 2024
Industry insights: Predictions
Time are tough but tough times bring out the best in us. Kath Hudson asks some of the world’s top industry experts where they see the glimpses of blue sky
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Harnessing the healthcare network to further the fitness sector’s ambitions is the core purpose of UK Active’s new chair, as he explains to Kate Cracknell
ukactive
Tel: 020 8158 9700
Address: The Bloomsbury Building, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL, United Kingdom
Huw Edwards, CEO
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