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Definition of Sport

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) why recreational (a) horse riding and (b) swimming were included in the new definition of sport; (177107)

(2) why recreational cycling was excluded from the new definition of sport.

The definition of sport for the local and national government measurement framework from April 2008 will be largely based on the definition of sport currently used for the Comprehensive Performance Assessment framework. This is set out in the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport’s letter to the Local Government Association of 21 December 2007, a copy of which has been placed in the House Library.

The Secretary of State has asked Sport England to develop a new strategy for how it will deliver a world class community sport infrastructure of clubs, coaches, volunteers and facilities.

This new focus will deliver the provision of excellent sport opportunities from the grassroots up, sustaining and increasing participation and allowing everyone to develop their sporting talents at every level.

Sport England’s tighter focus on sport will mean that some activities may fall outside Sport England’s remit and funding. Decisions have not yet been taken on what activities fall within or outside of Sport England’s remit.

To ensure that gaps do not appear, Her Majesty’s Treasury is leading wider cross-Government work on creating a physical strategy for all, which should be completed by the end of March 2008.

DCMS has a clear Government lead on delivering sport and believes a tighter definition of sport will ensure Lottery and Exchequer funding through Sport England will more effectively deliver an excellent sporting infrastructure. Investment in wider physical activity falls to other Government Departments and agencies who have the policy and funding lead.