Sports organisations from across the UK have pledged to enact a 'New Year resolution' to ensure sport aids in the recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.
Over 50 leaders from sport and physical activity sector have signed the resolution, which features as part of the #SaveOurSports campaign, launched in September 2020.
The group, including the Football Association (FA), Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), UK Athletics and the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), have promised to devise plans for reintroducing spectators back into sporting venues, as well as participants to grassroots facilities and tailoring 'financial and regulatory support to rebuild and revitalise our nations health'.
The group will also increase their efforts to see a rise in participation amongst the groups children and young people who have been the most severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Announcing the commitment, the #SaveOurSports campaign said: “We all share an absolute focus for sport and physical activity to be at the heart of our nation’s post-Covid renewal in 2021 and beyond, helping everyone to get fitter and healthier.
“Grassroots sport, fitness, and wider recreational activity is proven to support physical, mental, and social wellbeing. This makes our sector essential to the nation’s recovery from the damage caused by the pandemic.
"All of us possess a determination to rebuild this year and believe that as the nation emerges from Covid, there is a golden opportunity for sport and physical activity to build back better. Our specific aim is to see activity and levels of participation return to their pre-Covid levels by 2022.”
Author: Jake Wilkin