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Events

Gain a better understanding of what factors come into play when studying the impact of sporting events on the population's sport and physical activity levels.

At a glance

England has hosted a number of high-profile sporting events in the past decade, including in football, basketball, rugby, hockey and more.  

Events of such scale might encourage more people to take part in sport as a result of attending them or being exposed to the extensive media coverage the event may receive. The impact on participation, however, is not clear-cut, with the results varying significantly depending on the activity level of the population that's targeted.

Major events crowd waving flags

Our strategy – Towards an Active Nation

Our Major Events Engagement Fund has shown that, with careful planning, major events not only give our athletes home advantage and bring economic benefits – they can also inspire people to engage in sport by taking part, coaching, volunteering and spectating.

Legacy programmes linked to major events, like the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, play an important role in maximising the benefits of world-class athletes competing on British soil.

Learn more about our Towards an Active Nation strategy

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