The Sports Think Tank publishes 100 ideas from 29 organisations
Ahead of an expected General Election in 2024 around 29 organisations have set out their thoughts about what the manifesto pledges from the political parties should look like to support the sport, physical activity and wellbeing agenda. Ranging from Play to Elite sport the organisations try to set out ideas that can be implemented and remain resource neutral.
The Sports Think Tank has today published The Road to the 2024 Election Manifesto – 100 policy ideas for sport, physical activity and wellbeing.
The 165 page document presents policy calls, ideas and proposals from 29 physical activity sector organisations. The Sports Think Tank asked each organisation to create resource-neutral policies which they would want the UK’s political parties to champion in their forthcoming manifestos and first 100 days in office.
The policy calls range from cutting red tape, raising standards and suggestions on how to redirect existing funding to more specific proposals – such as elevating the status of PE within the curriculum, include active environments in planning policies and changing the Highway Code.
Many of the contributors also call for greater governmental intervention to help drive much needed change in the sector itself. There are proposals to introduce new legislation and more regulation to make certain policies mandatory and improve the performance of the
It’s not hyperbole to claim that physical activity remains one of the most under-used resources we have at our disposal - Kim Leadbeater MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sport
Addressing the deep-seated inequalities across the sector is another common theme among the proposed policies, as are ensuring better provision for children and young people, embedding activity in Further Education and moving the sector towards health and wellbeing, especially through prevention in integrated care systems.
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Commenting on the publication of the document, Kim Leadbeater MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sport, said: “It’s not hyperbole to claim that physical activity remains one of the most under-used resources we have at our disposal when tackling some of our most persistent challenges, from easing the pressures on the NHS, tackling crime and improving economic productivity to finding ways to level up.
“That’s why this is a crucial document. It brings together ideas, proposals and calls from across the sport, physical activity, and wellbeing sector, making for a fascinating and inspiring read. From simple ideas that could be easily implemented to more wide-reaching changes intended to shift the dial on public discourse, there is plenty of food for thought.
“Perhaps most importantly – and this is where political parties should prick up their ears – the contributors were challenged to make each policy call cost-neutral. In these economically trying times, this aspect alone should make the document you have in your hands essential reading.
“Another aspect that adds value to this document is the sheer variety of the ideas within it. From activating primary school children to engaging the elderly and from community sport to elite performance, nearly every aspect of sport, wellbeing and physical activity is covered.”
It has become clear that the sector will not be able to rely on additional government spending ... some organisations don't always get heard - Andy Reed OBE, Founder of the Sports Think Tank
Andy Reed OBE, founder and director of Sports Think Tank ,said: “We know there is no shortage of reports, ideas and policy asks produced by the sector. They all add to the case and are very welcome.
“But we felt there was still some space for organisations who don’t always get heard but have something useful to add. It also has become clear that the sector will not be able to rely on additional government spending. Indeed, the predicted department spend is likely to fall during the current cycle. So, we asked our contributors to produce policy ideas that remain resource-neutral for the government over the budget cycle. While it is easier to ask for large policy wins, with resource implications, we felt using the principle of marginal gains – so well used in sporting circles – was afresh, much-needed approach.
“We aim for the work we have done to collect these policy ideas to be the start of an iterative process involving both the contributors and policy makers.”
You can read the manifesto here The Road to the 2024 Election Manifesto – 100 policy ideas for sport, physical activity and wellbeing
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