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The Sport for Development Coalition (SFDC) submitted its first representation to the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) this week.

The Review sets the budgets for Government departments for the next three years and, amongst numerous priorities for 2020, will seek to prioritise jobs and skills in a bid to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as ‘levelling up’ economic opportunity and improving outcomes in public services.

However the Chancellor has warned there will be ‘tough choices’ in light of an unprecedented downturn for the global economy.


In response, the Coalition’s Submission struck a similar tone to representations from other bodies such as the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Youth Sport Trust and uk active in seeking to underscore the contribution that community sport and physical activity make to society.

It referenced the work being done every day by organisations across the sport for development sector to improve educational attainment, skills development and employability; decrease anti-social and criminal behaviour, and reduce the burden on the NHS in terms of supporting individuals and communities to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing.


In the Submission Andy Reed, Chair of the SFDC Board, says: “The impact achieved by organisations in our Coalition underscores that effective sport for development interventions are well placed to make cost effective and impactful contributions to the priorities set out for the CSR.”

It also supports a call from more than 100 sporting organisations to the Prime Minister earlier in the week urging him to create a ‘Sports Recovery Fund’ to protect the sector so it can play a key role in the nation’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

To receive a copy of the Submission, email

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