Tim Hollingsworth, our chief executive, said the reception was an opportunity to “highlight the hard work and dedication of so many clubs to not only survive, but to grow and thrive in such a challenging time."
Before adding: “It’s brilliant to see how many sports have embraced our strategy of Uniting the Movement in helping us target our funding to communities who need it the most.”
Attendees also heard from Kim Leadbeater MP, our chair Chris Boardman, England rugby league international Jodie Cunningham and Our Parks founder Born Barikor.
We know that being active helps people improve their physical and mental wellbeing, while a healthier and more active population brings communities together and significantly boosts the economy.
Before 2020, the number of active people was steadily going up, but we found that certain groups of people were far more likely to be active than others – and the pandemic has increased this inequality.
That’s why we launched Uniting the Movement, which focuses more on tackling those inequalities than ever before.
It promises to be ruthless about how and where we spend our time and money and means we'll disproportionately focus on providing opportunities to people and communities that have traditionally been left behind, because we know that this will make the biggest difference.