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Sports: Attendance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government has taken to facilitate family attendance at sporting and cultural events. (203577)

[holding answer 7 May 2008]: We are working closely with the sporting and cultural sector's strategic delivery bodies including Arts Council England, English Heritage, the Museums Libraries and Archives Council, and Sport England to ensure that we maximise our impact on increasing attendance and participation rates including families. These bodies deliver through a range of programmes and initiatives with cultural organisations at regional and local level.

This includes continuing to fund free admission to sponsored museums, investment in programmes such as Renaissance in the Regions, promoting family-related activities in public libraries, a family friendly toolkit designed by the Arts Council to support arts organisations, English Heritage’s historical events programme and Heritage Open Days, Sport England’s work to increase the number of people participating in community sport, and the Youth Sport Trust’s work to encourage parents to become involved as leaders and coaches.