And Tim believes that, despite all the challenges of the past year, the reopening of sport has shown there to be major opportunities to build back positively too.
“The last year has helped to cement the importance of sport and activity as being essential for our health and for bringing communities together,” he explained. “The public messaging about the importance of staying active and protecting the ability to exercise outdoors for an hour a day in the the first lockdown, was hugely important and welcome.
“There’s also been a surge in activities like cycling, running, walking and fitness-at-home, and that has made the importance of the local environment even more obvious - the better local facilities near where you live, the more likely people are to be active.
"This means the streets, the green spaces, the walking routes and cycle paths – as well as more obvious settings like leisure centres, gyms and sports pitches and courts. Improving and investing in these areas is something we are very ambitious to do as part of the delivery of our recently published long-term strategy.”