The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published the government’s new sport strategy, ‘Get Active: A strategy for the future of sport and physical activity‘.
Following its publication, David Watson, our chief executive, has shared the response from North Yorkshire Sport.
“On behalf of North Yorkshire Sport I welcome the government’s new sport strategy with it’s recognition of the important role that being physical active can play in improving the nation’s health and wellbeing.
“Using Movement, Activity and Sport as a driver for positive change is central to everything we do at North Yorkshire Sport that improving the health and wellbeing of people in York and North Yorkshire movement, activity and sport must be a central priority for this and future Governments. We know as a charity that a place that is physical active helps to create sustained economic growth, improves and sustains the local environment, supports the NHS, and strengthens the fabric of our communities across all ages and backgrounds.
“The Government’s new Sports Strategy outlines the essential nature of sport and physical activity in people’s everyday lives, and importantly recognises the many programmes and initiatives that contribute to this ambition to improve our national health and wellbeing.
“We are also hopeful that it will support systems change and encourage cross sector and cross departmental working even further in the future”
As an Active Partnership and the charity for movement, activity and sport in York and North Yorkshire we are already committed to joining up our resources and programmes to ensure the greatest impact. For example our work with young people, such as Opening School’s Facilities (OSF), the Holiday Activity Fund (FEAST) and Creating Active Schools are all interlinked and the new government strategy provides a positive framework for existing and hopefully new investment and resources to come together in a strategic way on a national level.
We welcome the creation of a new Government taskforce to oversee the implementation of the strategy, with industry representatives collaborating with key Government departments.
As part of the network of 43 non-profit Active Partnerships across England North Yorkshire Sport takes a place-based approach to reducing inequalities, so we welcome the reflection of this in the strategy and will continue to advocate for resources and investment in to York and North Yorkshire to support this further.
We look forward to continuing to work with our community, local, regional and national partners to deliver on our strategic goals to use movement, activity and sport to create a more active, fairer, and healthier York and North Yorkshire and in turn the nation.
Read how other organisations have responded
Read how Sport England have responded to the new strategy.
As one of the network of 43 Active Partnerships, you can read more about how the Active Partnership network has responded to the strategy.