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Publication by the National Sector Partners Group

Unlocking the potential of sport, recreation and physical activity

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has been working increasingly closely over the past year with a range of lead representative bodies from across the sport, recreation and physical activity sector through the National Sector Partners Group (NSPG). The NSPG was formed with a view to greater alignment and coordination across the whole sector and building a more consistent, collective position on key policy issues.

Alongside the Alliance, the NSPG comprises:
• Active Partnerships
• The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
• Local Government Association
• Sport for Development Coalition
• Youth Sport Trust
• ukactive

As part of this work, the NSPG is proposing to publish the attached document in the coming weeks as a collective contribution to the debate on the positive role sport, recreation and physical activity can play in supporting Government’s key policy priorities post-COVID and the wider policy reform we believe is needed to help the sector fulfil its long-term potential and get more people active.

(Please note: the attached is shared here as a simple PDF but the final version will be designed to an appropriate standard for publication).

We believe now is the opportune moment to show a united front across the whole sector given the ongoing refresh of both the Government’s sport strategy 'Sporting Future' and 'School Sport and Activity Action Plan' as well as the imminent publication of the National Audit Office’s review of sport participation.

In light of the above, we are planning to publish the document on Wednesday 6 July across our respective NSPG channels and would welcome your support in sharing with your networks and using in discussions with key stakeholders.

I would be grateful if you don’t circulate widely as it is not yet finalised and we are keen for the document to have impact on publication. However, please do share with colleagues in your organisation with responsibility for policy matters.

Given the joint nature of the document and the tight timescales required to finalise the document, we are not seeking detailed comments but if you do have any feedback please email

I hope you welcome this as evidence of our commitment to advocating for a stronger role for our members in achieving key public policy goals and to working collaboratively with partners from across the sector.

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