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National outdoor recreation strategy survey Fri, 19/06/2015


The Sport and Recreation Alliance and the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) have been asked by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to consult with the sport and recreation sector and produce recommendations on what could be included in a national outdoor recreation strategy.

This builds on momentum generated by the sport and recreation sector and cross-Government support for the benefits of outdoor recreation and the need to have a joined-up approach and leadership from Government in this area.

We know that many in the sector have already done great work in this area and we want to draw on this to inform recommendations for Government. So we have set up an online survey for you to tell us your views.

To keep the survey focused we have based it on themes identified throughout work already done by colleagues within the sport and recreation sector, such as the Landscapes for Everyone shared vision for British landscapes and key proposals for Government action drawn up by leading members of the outdoor community. Many aspects of these themes work across Government departments and will hopefully encourage a joined-up approach to outdoor recreation.

The themes are:

• The outdoors helps people be happy and healthy
• The outdoors helps children and young people achieve their potential
• The outdoors contributes to the national economy
• The outdoors demonstrates its economic and social value
• The outdoors is accessible to everyone
• The outdoors is protected

However, there is space for you to tell us about other themes that you think should be considered.

Please remember that we are looking for specific, realistic recommendations to put to Government. These may include changes to legislation and regulations, investment in particular schemes or support for ways of working to achieve change.

The questions are designed to take you through a process that helps set out what needs to happen and why:
1. Identify the key issues
2. State what success looks like
3. State what specifically needs to change
4. Provide evidence to support the proposed change

Please submit one survey per organisation by Friday 19 June 2015.

All completed surveys will be read and responses analysed and prioritised to inform what recommendations are included in our report for Government. We hope to share the report with you in autumn 2015.

Health Committee inquiry on physical activity and diet on health Fri, 05/12/2014


The Health Committee has launched an inquiry on the impact of physical activity and diet on health. This is an ideal opportunity for us to promote sport and recreation and the sector’s contribution to the health agenda.

 In summary the Committee is focusing on a ‘what works’ approach to achieving healthy weight and increasing physical activity. It will look at issues including:

• Evidence of the impact of physical activity on health
• The current and future costs to the economy and NHS of obesity and physical inactivity
• The role of schools, parents, Local authorities in encouraging active play, travel and sport

Consultation on Community and Ancilliary Sellers Notice (CAN) Tue, 02/12/2014


The Home Office has launched a consultation on the Community and Ancillary Sellers Notice (CAN):

The CAN is intended to benefit small accommodation providers, community groups and charities who wish to sell alcohol as part of a wider service. For a one-off fee a CAN user will, over the course of three years, be able to sell a limited quantity of alcohol (to be prescribed in regulations) between the hours of 7am and 11pm.

We will be putting together a short response and would welcome any feedback to help inform our submission.


UK Sport elite performance funding consultation Thu, 20/11/2014


UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sports agency, is undertaking a strategic review to determine the way it will invest in sports beyond Rio 2016.

To help inform the review, UK Sport has opened a wide ranging consultation with all its key partners in British sport as well as the public.

The aim of the consultation is to enable UK Sport to listen to all the people affected by the work that they do and to develop a strategy which builds on the success of UK Sport over the last decade.


Cycling Delivery Plan Thu, 13/11/2014


The cycling delivery plan is the government’s 10 year strategy on how to increase cycling and walking across England.

It includes an ambition to double cycling levels by 2025 and increase the percentage of school children aged 5-10 years walking to school to 55% by 2025.

The delivery plan includes a number of actions to meet these targets including, plans for infrastructure developments, cycle-proofing roads and wider transport infrastructure, and for facilitating behaviour change across the country by promoting cycling and walking as alternative sustainable travel modes.


Community Amateur Sports Clubs scheme Mon, 12/08/2013
  • The consultation is seeking views on how the government should amend existing CASC legislation to provide greater clarity and flexibility to the scheme. 
  • Proposals to allow more generous travel expenses and to formalise small payments to players are positive developments, as are those to allow Gift Aid on corporate donations and to increase the trading income threshold for corporation tax.
  • However, the consultation raises two key eligibility conditions that previously have not been a major consideration when allowing clubs in to the scheme:
  1. Level of membership fees: HMRC is proposing a cap on membership fee levels (including all participation costs) above which a club will have to make provisions to ensure that its fees are still affordable to everyone in the community.
  2. Level of social (ie non-sporting) income: This will effectively limit the amount of social income (eg bar and restaurant income, venue hire etc) that can be generated by a club. Different sports may be affected to varying degrees by these proposals but some clubs could potentially be adversely affected (although ultimately there should be the option to establish a trading subsidiary to enable all clubs to remain in the scheme). Sport will also need to be aware of plans to define a social member and a guest for the purposes of the scheme.
Balance of competences review - Sport, Culture and Tourism Wed, 07/08/2013
  • As part of the government's wider review of the balance of competences between the UK and the EU, this call for evidence specifically seeks views on sport (as well as culture and tourism).
  • There are two specific questions on sport which request the views of stakeholders on the appropriate level of EU involvement in sport and the value that the EU adds in this area.
  • There are a further seven general questions about the relationship between the UK and EU and its impact upon the sector. 
  • The government will publish a report outlining the findings from the review before the end of 2013. 
National Curriculum consultation Tue, 16/04/2013

The Government has published the draft curriculum for all subjects including Physical Education, from Key Stages 1-4.

  • The National Curriculum continues to be compulsory for all maintained schools, and guides teachers in Academies.
  • The Department for Education has produced a slimmer curriculum to give schools greater freedom in teaching.
  • A draft 'Programme of Study' outlines what outcomes are expected at each Key Stage in primary and secondary school.

The department is seeking views from all stakeholders in response to the draft Programme of Study.

The aims and targets association with Physical Education can be found on pages 179-183 of the curriculum document, which is attached below. 

Education Select Committee inquiry into school sport Tue, 26/03/2013

  The Education Committee of the House of Commons has launched an inquiry into school sports following London 2012.

Written submissions of evidence are invited in response to the following questions:

  • What is the impact and effectiveness of current Government policy and expenditure on increasing sports in schools?
  • What are the scope, appropriateness and likelihood of success of the Government’s plans for a school sports legacy from London 2012?
  • What has been the impact so far of London 2012 on the take-up of competitive sports in schools?
  • What further measures should be taken to ensure a sustainable and effective legacy in school sports following London 2012?
Alcohol strategy consultation Wed, 06/02/2013
  • This consultation seeks views on five key areas set out in the Government's alcohol strategy which was published on 23 March 2012 (please find this attached below).
  • While much of this consultation deals with issues that are not directly relevant to sport and sports clubs (such as minimum unit pricing and bans on multi-buy promotions), there are some aspects relating to licensing and reducing burdens on businesses that may be pertinent in certain circumstances. These can be broadly welcomed since they aim to free up volunteer time and reduce licencing burdens for clubs with bars or those organising community events.  


European Commission review of reduced VAT rates Fri, 04/01/2013
  • VAT legislation emanates from the EU and provides the framework within which the UK must operate. The EU VAT Directive makes a number of provisions directly applicable to sport, such as certain exemptions for the construction of sporting infrastructure and reduced rates for admission to sporting events and the use of sports facilities. Unfortunately, the UK does not take advantage of all of these provisions at present.
  • This consultation is a first step in the process of reviewing reduced VAT rates to establish whether they act as an obstacle to the internal market, have any distortive effects or conflict with arrangements in other policy areas. If any of the reduced rates are found to have any of the negative impacts outlined above, the EU may look to amend the VAT Directive and abolish any such derogations. The sports movement in the UK and Europe should seek to defend these exemptions and reduced rates moving forward.
Reforming Key Stage 4 qualifications Mon, 10/12/2012

The government plans to replace GCSE qualifications with the English Baccalaureate ('eBacc') in core academic subjects.

Physical Education, while remaining a core part of the curriculum, will not be included within the eBacc. 

Business rate retention draft regulations Fri, 23/11/2012

This consultation seeks views on the draft regulations for the new retention of business rates scheme.

  • Currently, business rates are collected centrally and redistributed to local authorities.
  • These regulations will mean a portion of business rates will be retained by local authorites.
  • The Goverment believes that this will incentivise local authorities to grow the local economy.
  • There is a danger that local authorities will have fewer resources to support community clubs.
PPL consultation on codes of conduct for licensees and members Fri, 19/10/2012

Music licenser PPL is creating a code of conduct to outline how it should interact with its licensees.

This will not affect the cost of music licensing, but if you are concerned about how music licensers have interacted with clubs or organisations in the past it is the opportunity to let PPL know what you would like to see improved.

In particular you can comment on: 

  • How the code explains licensing and PPL
  • Customer service
  • Explanations of tariffs
  • Complaint procedures
Select Committee review of the Charities Act 2006 - Call for evidence Fri, 14/09/2012
  • The Public Adminstration Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into the impact and implementaiton of the Charities Act 2006.
  • The Select Committee will be examining the recommendations put forward by Lord Hodgson in his review of the Charities Act 2006 conducted earlier in the year.
  • Lord Hodgson made a raft of recommendations, some of which are relevant to sport and recreation charities. These include: distinguishing between large and small charities, removing Gift Aid when paperwork is not filed on time and deregulating the disposal or mortgaging of land.
  • Before the inquiry starts in earnest, the Committee is collecting written evidence from interested stakeholders.
Review of apprenticeships Fri, 07/09/2012

The Government has asked Doug Richard to review the apprenticeships system.

Many national governing bodies provide apprenticeships and training through the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) system and will have different experiences of recent changes to it. 

Scottish health and sport committee Fri, 17/08/2012

The Scottish Parliament's health and sport committee has launched an inquiry on the topic of community sport.

The inquiry will address three key themes:

  1. The contribution of people, and in particular volunteers, to sport at a local level.
  2. The benefit of local sport clubs to the health agenda and their communities more widely.
  3. The importance of the availability, affordability and quality of facilities. 


Active Travel (Wales) bill Tue, 14/08/2012

  • Make it a requirement to indentify and map the network walking and cycling routes
  • Introduce a duty to indentify enhancements to create a fully integrated network for walking and cycling
  • Deliver an enhanced network where funds are availbable
  • Consider the potential for walking and cycling provision when developing new road schemes
  • Consider revisions to public rights of way to make them more useable for walking and cycling


Improvements to the policy and legal framework for public rights of way Mon, 06/08/2012

This consultation builds on the recommendations of 'Stepping Forward' to reform the system of recording public rights of way (PROW), including:

  • confirming the intention to keep the 2026 cut-off date for recording pre-1949 PROW
  • recommedning the extension of reforms to all public path orders
  • suggesting changes to the the process of altering PROW affected by the proposed developments.
Child performance legislation Fri, 03/08/2012

The Department for Education is reviewing child performance legislation. The proposals affect people under school leaving age (ie aged 16 or over on the last Friday in June) performing or playing in front of a paying audience or in a licenced premises.

For sport

Specific exemptions have been given to sports, especially for those meeting the standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport:

  • children aged 13 or over will be exempt if they take part in a recognised (Sport England or Olympic) sport whether they are paid or unpaid
  • children aged under 13 are exempt if they are unpaid
  • paid includes commercial or other financial sponsorship and goods as well as wages
  • sports not recognised may be classed as a performance and require a licence.

For dance

The proposals seem positive for our movement and dance division:

  • organisations with an amateur performance registration are exempt
  • a large event license – reducing the amount of licences needed per production
  • flexibility on hours of work
  • flexibility on times of education hours/days
  • parental declaration replacing the need for medical certification.


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