Increasing Participation in Sport
HC 22, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-11
- National Audit Office (NAO)
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Increasing Participation in Sport (HC 22)' reports that as part of a new approach, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has set Sport England a new target to be achieved by March 2013. The goal is to increase the number of people aged 16 and above doing three 30 minute sessions of moderate intensity sport a week by one million. One year into the five-year delivery period an additional 115,000 people were participating in sport against the initial delivery plan forecast of 160,000 additional participants.
For the three-year period to March 2008, Sport England, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's delivery body for sports participation spent £660 million to promote sport and physical activity. Whilst adult participation in sport over the three-year period to March 2008 increased by 520,000, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport did not meet its targets to increase participation by priority groups. In consequence, a positive conclusion by the National Audit Office (NAO) on value for money up to 2008 is not possible.
Sport England's new approach has a number of known risks to delivery. It is heavily dependent on a small number of sporting national governing bodies delivering 60% of the increase in participation expected through governing bodies, and on key assumptions about how the activities it funds will lead to more frequent participation. Moreover, it expects the bulk of the additional participants to be delivered towards the end of the four-year target period.
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