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MPs to probe governance of grassroots sport and support during the pandemic

13 April 2021

The inquiry into the risks to the future of community sport continues, hearing from the leaders of the national governing bodies of a wide range of sports.


Tuesday 13 April

At 10am

  • Lisa Wainwright, Chief Executive, Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Ollie Dudfeld, Executive Director, Sport for Development Coalition



11.00am (approx.)

  • Jane Nickerson, Chief Executive Officer, Swim England
  • Joanna Coates, Chief Executive, UK Athletics
  • David Pond, Chief Executive, GB Wheelchair Rugby



Purpose of the session

The session will examine how effective government funding and guidance for local sports clubs and teams has been after the pandemic put the future of many at risk. The balance of resource given to elite and grassroots sport will be considered, with a focus on addressing limitations that impacted the viability of community clubs before the pandemic.

MPs will also seek perspectives on the Community Ownership Fund announced in the Budget this year that will help community groups to buy or take over community sport clubs at risk.

The role of governing bodies in encouraging participation in people from all backgrounds will also be examined.

The inquiry

In this inquiry, the DCMS Committee is looking into sports governance, funding and the case for elite professional sports supporting lower leagues and grassroots and to identify specific actions the Government can take to guarantee the sustainability of the community sports sector.

Further information

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