Investment in sport and leisure facilities, from financial support, to strategic partnership working between central and local government and community organisations is essential in increasing the development of young people, preparing them with vital life skills and healthy habits.
"This report rightly recognises that local government is at the forefront of providing facilities, supporting both formal and informal opportunities for activities, and accessible to all members of the community."
“Our public parks and green spaces are some of our most cherished local services that benefit people of all ages and backgrounds, and as one of the largest providers of these facilities councils are committed to ensuring these spaces continue to be accessible for everyone.”
"Councils’ contribution to the country’s public recreation and leisure offering will be crucial to the economic recovery following the pandemic. Areas of concern do remain, including provisions for supply chains and freelancers and protections against potential future loss of income as a result of COVID-19."