“Get Active: A strategy for the future of sport and physical activity” puts sustainability at the heart of the Government’s new sport strategy. “Making sport more sustainable” is a key pillar alongside “Driving participation and addressing inactivity” and “Strengthening the integrity of sport”. The strategy mirrors the approach of BASIS for healthy individuals, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.
BASIS Founder and Chair, Dr Russell Seymour, said “For more than a decade BASIS has put social, economic, and environmental issues at the forefront of our plans to help the sports sector become more sustainable.
It is hugely encouraging to see these issues recognised and integrated into the Government’s new strategy. Sport, play and physical activity are impacted by socio-economic and environmental factors, from the cost of buying kit or travelling to venues, to the impacts of extreme heat or storm damage to facilities. Combined with the Code for Sports Governance, the strategy puts a new urgency on responding to these existential threats.
Every club, venue and governing body should have these issues on their risk register and have their own strategies to deal with them. We can go further because sport also has an opportunity to educate our participants and fans.”
“We are pleased to be recognised in the report and welcome the actions. Get Active provides a much needed call‑to‑action, and BASIS looks forward to working with our members, partners and Government to deliver on the key actions of the strategy, especially continuing to educate, engage and empower our sector to become world-leading in sustainability.”
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