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Community Regeneration

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with Sport England on its contribution to community regeneration; and if he will make a statement. (212582)

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

Sport England has recently developed a new strategy focused on a world leading community sports system. This will sustain and increase participation in grassroots sport among all groups and allow everyone to develop their sporting talent to the full.

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.