Our CEO signs a letter to the Prime Minister requesting urgent support for the sport and physical activity sector

More than 100 leaders and CEOs of organisations, national governing bodies and those which represent ‘hundreds of thousands of sports clubs and facilities’ have signed a letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

The letter, which has been delivered by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thomson, urges the Prime Minister to position sport and physical activity, of which group exercise is a significant element, at the heart of the nation’s recovery, post-Covid19. The letter calls for ‘an urgent support package’ which will  enable the sector to provide more opportunities to increase activity and accessibility and improve the nation’s health

The grassroots sport, fitness, and wider recreational activity is proven to improve physical, mental, and social wellbeing, making the sector an essential part of the nation’s recovery from the damage caused by Covid19. In addition, the physical activity industry contributes over £1.6bn to the UK economy and employs more than 600,000 people.

EMD UK CEO, Marcus Kingwell, was very keen to add his signature to the  letter and said ‘As the national governing body for group exercise, EMD UK fully supports the call for an urgent financial package to help the physical activity sector. Group exercise has the power to improve the health of millions of people but it can only do this if there is a strong and viable physical activity sector. Without financial support, many venues will be forced to close, classes will stop and millions of people will lose out, particularly those hardest hit by Covid19. We urge the government to include this support package in the Comprehensive Spending Review.’

You can read the letter and list of signatories here

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