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Community Regeneration

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Sport England on the contribution of sport to community regeneration; and if he will make a statement. (172214)

I have had no specific discussions with Sport England on this subject.

However I have recently discussed with them how they will develop a new strategy to become more focused on building a world class community sports infrastructure through excellent clubs, coaches and volunteers for all.

Sport is a key player in a number of areas of community social regeneration. Sports projects can have a significant impact by breaking down barriers and providing positive opportunities for people to mix with others. Sport can also help reduce crime and antisocial behaviour; and increase peoples' levels of trust and community involvement.