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Sports Minister questioned on brain injury in sport and support for grassroots sport

21 May 2021

The Minister for Sport Nigel Huddleston will be questioned by MPs on the management and treatment of concussion in sport. The final session of this inquiry will examine how the Government is addressing evidence on the links between head trauma in sport and dementia in later life and the calls for changes to be made in sport.


Tuesday 25 May, at 10.00am

  • Nigel Huddleston MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Ben Dean, Director, Sport, Gambling and Ceremonials, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Purpose of the session

MPs will explore the funding and coordination of research into this area, whether there is enough awareness of risks in youth, grassroots and elite level sport and whether there needs to be a unified approach to medical advice and treatment of concussion across all sports.

The Minister will also be questioned on the effectiveness of Government support for grassroots sport during the pandemic, in the second part of the session from approximately 11am. This will form the final part of the inquiry into sport in our communities and will ask questions on the funding and governance structures for grassroots sport clubs, with the financial viability of many in doubt even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Inquiries information

  • The DCMS Committee's inquiry into consussion in sport has heard testimony from major sporting organisations, sportspeople, their representatives and families, doctors and medical experts, campaigners, governing bodies and sports funding organisations. See the transcripts and recordings.
  • The inquiry into sport in our communities has been investigating the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on grassroots sport and what measures are needed to ensure the sector's survival. The Committee heard from sports volunteers and coaches, academics, venues, trade and industry bodies, governing bodies. See the transcripts and recordings.

Further information

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