The new sport strategy – Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation – announced by the UK Department of Culture, Media, and Sport has been appreciated by UK Anti-Doping.
UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said UK Anti-Doping welcomes the Government's new sport strategy, Sporting Future, and its ongoing commitment to protecting clean sport in the United Kingdom. Sapstead added we are particularly delighted that the Government has committed to widening anti-doping education to all levels of sport and also said everyone has the right to clean sport and educating those who participate in sport at all levels is integral to preventing doping. The UKAD Chief Executive said anti-doping education is a vital part of the sports strategy in the UK from protecting medal hopes by supporting elite athletes and coaching staff to understand the anti-doping rules, regulations and processes, through to safeguarding the health of young people by teaching them to make the right choices.
The UK government aims to widen anti-doping education to all levels of sport that outlines its firm commitment to protecting clean sport in the United Kingdom.
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch announced that the ground-breaking new strategy on sport will include public investment into community sport is to reach children as young as five. This is seen as an attempt to create a more active nation and the move will see the remit of Sport England getting changed from investing in sport for those aged 14 and over to supporting people from five years old right through to pensioners. Funding will now also target groups (including women, disabled people, those in lower socio-economic groups, and older people) who have low participation rates to encourage those who do not take part in sport and physical activity to get involved.
Tracey added sport has an incredible power to do social good and that is what our new strategy is all about. The Sports Minister added we will invest in sport and physical activity that shows how it can have a positive impact on people’s lives, how it brings communities together while ensuring it continues to make a significant contribution to the economy too. The minister added we want to give everyone the best possible experience of sport from the earliest age which is why Sport England will now support children from five years old and also commented that we also want to maintain Britain’s reputation as one of the leading nations in the world for putting on major sporting events while making sure we are the best in the world on good governance too.
The UK government also agreed with the Premier League that the League will at least double their investment in grassroots football over the coming three seasons to help improve facilities and grow football across the country.
UK Sport and Sport England, along with the other Home Nation Sports Councils, will agree a new UK wide sports governance code by September 2016. This move is seen to unify the approach by sports governing bodies to governance and look at areas like board composition, representation and transparency. The code will be mandatory for all sports bodies that want to receive public funding from 2017.