Made By Sport have launched their first ‘State of Play’ report. The ‘State of Play’ impacts and insights indicator report shows that investment into community sport has a significant benefit for young people and their communities.

For example, their research confirms that the average Social Return on Investment (SROI) for sport for good is £6 for every £1 spent, compared to £4 for every £1 spent on sports participation.

Sport for good is sport which delivers social outcomes such as better mental health, improved life skills, or stronger communities – it’s about what sport does, not just what sport is.

The situation for young people in the UK is concerning, with 5.2 million (50%) expected to be living in poverty in 2022 and 83% admitting that their mental health has been affected by the pandemic.

One in five young people (21%) have experienced suicidal thoughts, rising to 28% in those not in education, employment or training with almost half not feeling prepared to enter the workforce. Yet Made by Sport has found that nine out of 10 people who have participated in a sporting activity believe sport can play a role in improving their mental health.

Over 50% of sport for good clubs and organisations rely solely on volunteers and yet there has been a £600 million reduction by local authorities into sport over the past decade, with thousands of the clubs struggling to secure funding because of limited resources and a lack of funding available.

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