Outdoor recreation features in Westminster sports strategy meeting

Posted by Catherine Flitcroft on 12/01/2016
From left to right: Nick Kurth (BMC VP), David Rutley MP (Co-Chair of the APPG on Mountaineering), Tracey Couch MP (Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage) and Andrew Denton (CEO of the Outdoor Industries Association).

The BMC discusses the importance of outdoor recreation in the government's new sport strategy with Tracey Couch MP, the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage.

During yesterday’s meeting of the All-Party Group (APPG) for Sport, the BMC along with a number of other sporting bodies were able to talk to the Minister for Sport about the government’s vision for a new sport strategy and the importance of outdoor recreation within it.  
 
The Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, Tracey Couch MP, was clear that outdoor activities such as climbing and hill walking were an essential and integral part of the new sports strategy. She confirmed that there will be a cross-departmental approach to addressing greater participation in outdoor sport and recreation with a view to reducing the burden on the Health Service. A number of outdoor organisations engaged with the Minister after the meeting to talk through some of the details which will emerge in the coming months.
 
The publication of the government’s new sport strategy back in mid-December was greatly welcomed by the BMC. Importantly, the document recognises the role of outdoor recreation and natural features in getting more people active alongside ‘non-traditional’ sports and physical activity as well as the economic value of outdoor tourism. Our summary of the key headlines can be found here. 
 
The BMC continues to provide the Secretariat to the APPG for Mountaineering and will be holding its first meeting in Westminster on 1 March. 

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By educating climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers to enjoy outdoor recreation while minimising their impact on the landscape, conserving the UK’s upland resources, and campaigning for improved access rights, ACT enables future generations to continue to enjoy outdoor activities and the physical, mental and social benefits they bring to individual lives and society in general.

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