Public health

The public health agenda remains high profile and one that offers huge potential for the sport and recreation sector to engage with. Physical activity can help not only those who live with health problems but it can also act as a preventative measure and result in cost savings for the state.

Public Health England’s Everybody active, every day framework states that:

  •  Physical inactivity is the fourth largest cause of disease and disability in the UK
  •  33% of men and 45% of women are not active enough for good health
  •  Physical inactivity is costing the UK an estimated £7.4 billion a year

Through our work, we know the value sport and recreation can have for the public health agenda. Our Game of Life report provides evidence of this and Reconomics sets out the value of outdoor recreation.

Our work with ukactive on the Public Health Landscape was published to help the sport and recreation sector understand the public health landscape in England and how it can begin to improve our country’s public health.

Our Public Health Working Group brings together experts from our membership to support and drive our work in this area.

Mental health

In March 2015, the Alliance joined together with the Professional Players Federation and mental health charity Mind to launch the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation. 130 organisations signed-up within a month of the launch committing to take positive action around good mental health and wellbeing. We now have over 230signatories, and counting!

You can find out more and how to sign-up here.

For more information about our work on health, please contact the policy, governance and external affairs team.

Read more about the other aspects of the Sport and Recreation Alliance's policy work here.