MPs urge government to extend emergency funding for sport

  • DCMS committee says need to protect leisure facilities is urgent
  • MPs also call for governing bodies to have BAME representation
 Empty pools at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. The DCMS committee called for the protection of leisure facilities Photograph:
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A parliamentary report into the impact of Covid-19 on sport in the UK has called on government to extend emergency funding to prevent a collapse in the sector.

The report, by the influential digital, culture, media and sport select committee, was critical of the government’s response to the pandemic so far, and said “urgency” was needed to protect leisure facilities for the public and the continuance of elite sport.

After taking testimony from 25 witnesses and consulting 666 pieces of written evidence, the MPs’ committee also advocated a “reset” of governance in professional football and called for action to improve black, Asian and minority ethnic representation in sport, including mandatory targets for diversifying the boards of governing bodies.