Surbiton Hockey Club – Written evidence (NPS0119)


Submitted by:

Liselle Carey





  1. How can local delivery, including funding structures, of sport and recreation be improved to ensure that people of all ages and abilities are able to lead an active lifestyle? For example, how successfully do local authorities and other bodies such as Active Partnerships, Leisure Trusts, local sports clubs and charities work together, and how might coordination be improved?




  1. How can children and young people be encouraged to participate in sport and recreation both at school and outside school, and lead an active lifestyle? If possible, share examples of success stories and good practice, and challenges faced.






The Sugden Road Sports Trust is a registered charity that aims to deliver a programme of hockey coaching to local schools. Many of these schools have very little access to organised school sport and often have a higher percentage of children from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The initiative provides free or subsidised hockey coaching sessions for school children aged 6-13 as part of curricular PE provision or in after-school clubs. Every session is delivered by qualified and experienced coaches, including current and former international players.

The charity currently oversees programmes in both Elmbridge and Kingston Boroughs (SHC Community Projects) and Lewisham (Honor Oak Panthers) and has delivered coaching, festivals and specially designed hockey events to over 25,000 children since being established in 2012.



-          Initial access to schools is dependent on school’s willingness to engage

-          Securing ongoing funding


  1. How can adults of all ages and backgrounds, particularly those from under-represented groups, including women and girls, ethnic minorities, disabled people, older people, and those from less affluent backgrounds, be encouraged to lead more active lifestyles? If possible, share examples of success stories and good practice, and challenges faced.




  1. Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, the Government’s 2015 sports strategy, outlines five outcome priorities: physical health, mental health, individual development, social and community development and economic development. Are these the right priorities and how successful has the government been in measuring and delivering these outcomes to date?



Half the pitches we play on are very old, many of our other clubs use school facilities or don’t have club houses etc.


  1. Is government capturing an accurate picture of how people participate in sport and recreation activities in its data collection? How could this be improved?




  1. How can racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny and ableism in sport be tackled




  1. What can be done to improve and implement effective duty of care and safeguarding standards for sports and recreation actives at all levels?




  1. What are the opportunities and challenges facing elite sports in the UK and what can be done to make national sports governing bodies more accountable? For example, accountability for representing and protecting their membership, promoting their sport and maximising participation.




  1. What successful policy interventions have other countries used to encourage people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to participate in sport and recreation, and lead more active lifestyles?




  1. Should there be a national plan for sport and recreation? Why/why not?




29 January 2021