Concluding Session

On 24 February the Commission held its final oral evidence session, hearing evidence from Andy Reed of the Sport and Recreation Alliance; Liam Burns from the Scout Association; Jane Montgomery, the Federation of Sport and Play Associations; Anna Scott-Marshall from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); and Martin Corck, Director of Inspired Exchange.

An area of focus of the session was the new role models needed to inspire people of all ages to do more physical activity, to complement the profiling of elite athletes, and to break down any barriers of participation.

The role of the workplace in increasing physical activity was also discussed, both how employees can be more active during the working day and how their employers can facilitate this, but also in allowing employees time to volunteer in roles promoting physical activity such as with youth groups and sports team.

Finally, the issue of green spaces was raised by a number of witnesses, addressing the need for more outdoor spaces and ways in which they can be made available.

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