CEO Jude Taylor responds to the recovery roadmap
Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out the roadmap out of the third lockdown, and a return of sport and physical activity was clearly emphasized.
Together Active CEO Jude Taylor responds;
“We welcome the announcement made today by the Prime Minister and look to future of the sport and physical activity sector with much optimism. Throughout the last year, we have seen the incredibly important role being active plays in all of our lives, supporting mental and physical health as well as social interaction and community engagement. We’re grateful that this vital role has been acknowledged as part of the roadmap, with outdoor sports facilities being able to open as soon as the 29th March, and indoor leisure hopefully by the 12th April.
“We join calls to prioritise the physical health and mental wellbeing of children and young people and tackle widening inequalities with physical activity. Recent studies have shown the precarious state of young people’s mental health and a worrying downward trend in activity levels. We’re also keenly aware of the barriers many people from ethnically diverse backgrounds face when trying to access physical activity. We’re working hard to address these issues through the Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund.
“We believe in the transformational power of sport and physical activity for individuals and communities. Throughout this incredibly difficult period, I have been continually impressed by the dedication, passion and caring of the wonderful members of the physical activity community. We will soon be able to move forward together to build a stronger, healthier and more inclusive sector to support the recovery.”
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