Mark Camley, Chair of The Parks Alliance, the national voice of UK parks, said:
‘We welcome ‘Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation’ published today as parks have a crucial role to play in increasing physical activity.
‘Parks are already key in getting the UK active as organised as well as non-organised sport typically happens in parks rather than sporting grounds. Parks, largely free at point of use offer a low cost means of grass roots participation to draw in hard to reach groups. With regular participation better than one-off, reducing barriers such as costs is an important driver to deliver continued participation.
‘We support the finding that support for sport and physical activity infrastructure should not just be restricted to pitches, sports halls and buildings. We are pleased that for future investment, Sport England will balance the need for, and existing provision, of all spaces not just built facilities. Having an invested park infrastructure such as making areas safe and secure, good way finding and signposting both, physically and on-line is crucial for encouraging new and lapsed users.’