The UK’s sport and physical activity sector has joined forces to launch a new campaign called Save Our Sports, urging the government to save grassroots sport, fitness and leisure facilities from permanent closure because of covid-19.

Leaders from more than 150 bodies, including Ice Hockey UK, wrote to the Prime Minister in September asking him to provide ring-fenced funding for the recovery of the sport and activity sector – or risk fuelling physical inactivity and related illnesses for a generation.

Lisa Wainwright, CEO of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said: “The sport and physical activity sector is unified in its voice that more needs to be done by government to protect the sector.

“We are delighted to see that the government is looking to support the larger professional sports, who have been significantly impacted by a lack of matchday revenue.

“However, it is now vital that attentions are turned to the impacts covid-19 is having on community sport and physical activity.

“The health, wellbeing and prosperity of the nation needs to be protected through a Sports Recovery Fund that ensures our sector is not another victim of covid-19.”

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