All Party Groups call for MPs to get your kit on

Posted by Catherine Flitcroft on 13/09/2016

The Sport and Recreation Alliance is calling on parliamentarians to get their kit on and champion grassroots sport in their local constituency. At an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Sport on Speaker's Green later today, a number of All Party Groups (including the APPG for Mountaineering and the BMC) will showcase their sport.

After the success of TeamGB at the Rio Olympics and the Paralympic Games now captivating audiences, the time is now right for members of parliament to begin advocating for physical activity in their community to help combat some of the major health and social problems facing the UK.

To help parliamentarians become champions for grassroots sport in their local area, the Sport and Recreation Alliance has launched Get Your Kit On – A Guide to Grassroots Sport and Recreation. The guide is an online resource that is a hub of key information, contacts and resources to enable members of parliament to engage in Westminster debates as advocates for grassroots sport and at a community level to promote local clubs with their activities. The SRA and the BMC have also put togther a useful lealfet for MPs and Peers on 'how to champion outdoor recreation in your constituency'. 
 
The cost of health related conditions associated with inactivity, including obesity and diabetes is costing the nation £7.4bn each year. In November 2015, a survey revealed that 79% of people believe that the government should do more to support grassroots sport. Local community sport and recreation clubs and facilities deliver, alongside charities, programmes and initiatives to help make a difference to the physical and mental wellbeing of the community. That is why the Alliance calls upon parliamentarians to champion the huge role grassroots sport and recreation has in the local community.
 
On Tuesday 13 September, the Parliamentary Sports Fair will showcase the sport and recreation all party parliamentary groups (APPG) in Westminster to raise awareness and encourage new members to join. Members from APPGs including Angling, Cycling, Cricket and Mountaineering will be at the event and provide the opportunity for attendees to get their kit on and try some of the activities on show. The event will also help facilitate political decision makers to engage with national governing bodies of sport. 
 
James Allen, Director of Policy, Governance and External Affairs at the Sport and Recreation Alliance said: “We want parliamentarians to truly understand the benefits that sport can bring to people and to society so that they can be champions of community sport and recreation in Westminster and in their local constituency.
 
Sport and recreation should be accessible to all to make sure that people across the country can fully appreciate the benefits of physical activity. This is why we have launched the go-to-guide for parliamentarians to help them recognise and articulate the value of grassroots sport and recreation in Westminster and their local constituency.”

 


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