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Sport and Active Leisure

Future Trends

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  • Over the next 10 years, it is predicted that the sector will grow faster than the economy as a whole.
  • It is forecast that by 2014, employment levels in England will have increased by 100,000, an increase of 21%.
  • The sector will also have to recruit 85,000 annually to cope with replacement demand.
  • There are also certain trends which support this area continuing to grow including:
    • The UK government has targets for sport in the lead up to and beyond the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.  
    • In health and fitness, over the last ten years there has been a rise in fitness activities in private health clubs or at sports clubs with added fitness facilities, unrelated to competitive sports or games.
    • There has been a launch of "Fair Play", the first ever play strategy, committing to invest £235 million over the next three years to develop up to 3,500 public play areas, whilst supporting pathfinders to develop 30 adventure playgrounds or play parks aimed at 8-13 year-olds in disadvantaged areas.
    • The government intends that outdoor learning, including school visits, should be part of every pupil's experience.
    • The UK Public Health White Paper 'Choosing Health: Making healthy choices easier' and the accompanying physical activity action plan (Choosing Activity) is aimed at marketing and promoting healthy lifestyles through the voluntary and independent sector.
    • Increased investment in physical education (PE) and school sport, and improving school health generally through the National Healthy Schools initiative, including improvements in school meals.
    • Sport England's strategy for sport and recreation for 2008-2011 outlines plans to increase sports participation by at least one million more regular participants by 2012/13, as well as sustain participation by reducing the post-16 drop off in sport/physical activity.

NB. Government initiatives currently are subject to possible change because of funding issues).

Source: Sector Skills Assessment - Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being: UK 2010, Skills Needs Assessment - England 2005, Skills Needs Assessment - Wales 2005, Skills Needs Assessment - Scotland 2005 and Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland 2005.