Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is supporting a new campaign called ‘Save Our Sports’ which is urging the Government to save grassroots sport and leisure facilities from permanent closure due to Covid-19.

Leaders from more than 150 bodies across sport and physical activity wrote to the Prime Minister in September asking him to provide ring-fenced funding to aid the recovery of the sector – or risk fuelling physical inactivity and related illnesses for a generation.

The request replicates that already provided to the culture and arts sector, which faces many of the same challenges, and is benefiting from a rescue fund of £1.57 billion.

Ben Hilton, CEO of the Trust:

The services and facilities the #SaveOurSports campaign is looking to help and protect are so important to the young people we work with. We know first hand the importance of physical activity for young people and these clubs, centres and facilities are absolutely crucial for young people who rely on them not only for activity but as a place to connect socially and to be part of a community. We encourage everyone to get behind this campaign to Save Our Sports. 

The Trust use world class athletes to mentor young people and if these centres and clubs are not protected, there is a real risk that we won’t have spaces to support, mentor and nurture young people effectively at a time when they need our support more than ever. To find out more and support the campaign, please search for #SaveOurSports or visit the Sport and Recreation Alliance website.