Rio 2016 sees enthusiasm soar, but are grassroots sports under threat?

While Team GB achieved historic success at Rio 2016, there has been growing concern that grassroots sport is under threat in the UK. Local authority spending on open spaces – essential for engaging new sportspeople – fell by 14 per cent between 2010 – 2014.

The temptation to auction off assets is also significant, and a 2014 Parks Managers survey found 45 per cent of local authorities were considering selling green space.

In addition, since 2010, the government has sold off 125 school playing fields, meaning they cannot be used by local communities. Since 2001, a total of 367 school fields have been lost with government approval. However, the lack of a national audit on green space makes it difficult to track its losses.

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