Launch of the ‘Towards a Better Future for Youth Sport’ Report

Launch of the ‘Towards a Better Future for Youth Sport’ Report

Given by:

  • Hugh Robertson MP, Conservative Shadow Minister for Sport and the Olympics.
  • Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chair, Central Council of Physical Recreation.

‘Towards a Better Future for Youth Sport’

The ‘Towards a Better Future for Youth Sport’ report is presented by sportsthinktank and hosted by Birkbeck College Sports Business Centre. is one the UK’s leading independent research organisations devoted solely to developing new ideas and extending the boundaries of debate in the world of sport. The report is an independent analysis of the structure of sport in the UK based on interviews with leading figures across the sporting landscape and with particular emphasis on youth development.


In delivering sport in the UK, successive governments have failed – and arguably no government has ever succeeded – in creating a successful sports policy. This new report examines the structures, practices and policies of sport in the UK and reaches a number of stark conclusions including:

  • The people of the UK are failing to get the sporting opportunities they deserve because sporting policies are disjointed.
  • Policies focus on niche areas for political gain rather than creating policies that give everyone access to sport.
  • The failure to produce a holistic, longitudinal and successful sports policy has resulted in a lack of opportunity and provision.

However, not only does the report provide a fascinating critique of the status quo, it makes a series of bold recommendations, urging policy makers to raise their game to ensure current and future generations are not left behind.


  • Hugh Robertson is the Shadow Minister for Sport and the Olympics. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent at the 2001 general election.
  • Brigid Simmonds is Chair of CCPR and Chief Executive of Business in Sport and Leisure. In June 2006, Brigid was awarded an OBE for Services to Sport in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.


  • A copy of the “Towards a Better Future for Youth Sport” report can be read here (PDF)


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For further details on this Seminar Series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

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