Pro Bono Economics call for more holistic evaluations of children’s sport picked up in DCMS Select Committee report

6 June 2019

On May 14th , the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) published its final report following an inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport, to which Pro Bono Economics provided written evidence.

Among the recommendations made by the report is a call on Government to ensure that new initiatives in this space – such as the forthcoming school sport and activity action plan – do not perpetuate existing fragmentation between school and out of school sport.

This was a point highlighted by Pro Bono Economics. Drawing on information collated following our 2017 Annual Lecture – “Has Britain got sport upside down”  – it was emphasised that “the split between school and out of school sport is detrimental to evaluating progress on getting children more active”.

It was therefore pleasing to see this acknowledged by the Committee and we look forward to seeing how the Government responds to its recommendations.

Commenting on the report’s release, the Committee’s chair – Conservative MP Damian Collins MP – said: “There is a lack of a credible agenda to harness the power of culture and sport across government. More needs to be done to co-ordinate and invest in community initiatives, share evidence of success and encourage others to emulate examples of best practice.”


Tia Manavis

Communications and Events Officer

Tia joined Pro Bono Economics in 2019 as the Communications and Events Officer. She moved from the US to Scotland to study Social and Public Policy at Glasgow University, and recently moved to London to develop her career in the charity sector. She has a history of working with organisations that aim to support charities, whether it’s through creating long-term sustainability strategies, fundraising, or campaigning to affect policy.

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