The #GetYourKitOn campaign created to highlight the value of grassroots sport to the nation is being supported by the FSPA (Federation of Sports and Play).
It is widely expected that in the Spending Review of 25th November the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will receive cuts of up to 40% to their budget; cuts of this size would have a devastating impact upon the level of investment into grassroots sport. Yet recent polling shows that 79% of people feel the Government should do more to support grassroots sport, and 75% agree that grassroots sport should receive more funding from the Government.
This is why the FSPA, along with sports organisations across the country, are encouraging as many people as possible to #GetYourKitOn and tell George Osborne how much they value grassroots sport before the Spending Review. As part of the campaign, supporters are being asked to visit www.GetYourKitOn.team and post a message directly to the Chancellor. The FSPA has personally emailed all its main contacts and asked them to get involved.
Visitors to www.GetYourKitOn.team can also upload their image to a social wall of support via a dedicated Facebook page. Supporters can spread the word and share photos directly to the campaign website by uploading photos of them in their sports kit with the hashtag #GetYourKitOn.
Jane Montgomery, Managing Director of the FSPA said: “The campaign needs as many supporters as possible if it is going to succeed. We’re asking all our members to spend a minute of their time to contact the Chancellor to tell him how much you value our grassroots sport.”
Cutting investment in sport and recreation will have serious consequences in the short term. More significant costs lie further down the line – with a serious impact stored up for health and education budgets as well as a hugely detrimental effect on our economic productivity. Government recognises the need to invest in our national physical infrastructure, but needs to take investment in our population’s health and wellbeing just as seriously.
The #GetYourKitOn campaign is a fantastic way to show the strength of feeling and passion that keeps grassroots sport functioning in the country, but we need you to act quickly. For more information visit www.GetYourKitOn.Team
Federation of Sports and Play (FSPA) www.sportsandplay.com
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