Participation in sport and physical activity remains static finds a new parliamentary report


Over the past 10 years, the number of Scots taking part in sporting activities in Scotland has remained static finds a new Parliamentary report.

The Health and Sport Committee has found no evidence that nearly £500 million of public funding in the last year has increased the number of people getting active. Currently, statutory support is awarded by sportscotland (£77m) and through local authorities (£418m).

These figures were revealed during phase two of the Committee’s inquiry which looks at reasons preventing people from taking part in sport and physical activities.

Convener of the Health and Sport Committee, Neil Findlay MSP said:

“The variety of sports and physical activity on offer in communities is a real testament to the efforts and dedication of sport and community groups. We recognise the hard work that is going on to try and improve and expand participation rates.

“However, we are disappointed that overall participation figures have remained fairly stagnant over the past decade. In fact, we found that many of the issues raised during this inquiry have been raised before.

“The Committee believes these findings show how wide ranging decisions and initiatives across different portfolios taken at both governmental and local level can have wider impacts.

“We look forward to a response from the Scottish Government to tell us what its plans are to increase participation rates and to hear what lessons have been learned over the past decade”.

Further information regarding this inquiry is available via this link.

Background information

Key findings of the report are:

  • Activities should be varied and available in a range of venues and settings.
  • The community should be involved in the planning, development and implementation of programmes and initiatives.
  • Appropriate coaches and role models should be employed to encourage the ambitions of participants.
  • Contributions from volunteers are significant and numbers must be increased if participation rates are to follow.

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