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Ideas for the future of sport, recreation and wellbeing

Ahead of the 2024 General Election, the Sports Think Tank has published 100 policy ideas for sport, physical activity and wellbeing.

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The Road to the 2024 Election Manifesto presents policy calls, ideas and proposals from 29 physical activity sector organisations, including British Canoeing.

The Sports Think Tank asked each organisation to create policies that were 'cost-neutral'.

The UK's political parties will be encouraged to champion them in their new manifestos.

Kim Leadbeater MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sport, said physical activity is "one of the most under-used resources" the UK has.

"This is a crucial document," she said. 

"It brings together ideas, proposals and calls from across the sport, physical activity, and wellbeing sector, making for a fascinating and inspiring read. 

"From simple ideas that could be easily implemented to more wide-reaching changes intended to shift the dial on public discourse, there is plenty of food for thought."

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Outdoors For All

Included in the document is the Outdoors For All manifesto, which British Canoeing is been heavily involved with.

The manifesto has the support of 36 organisations including the National Trust, The Canal & Rivers Trust, The Wildlife Trust and Campaign For National Parks.

The central belief is that access to nature and the outdoors is good for our minds and bodies. 

It makes sense for our economy, prosperity and the future of our natural environment.

Physical inactivity is related to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK and is estimated to cost £7.4bn annually (including £0.9bn to the NHS). 

Our population is 20% less active than in the 1960s and is forecast to be 30% less active by 2030. 

Good access to green and blue spaces would save £2.1bn in health spending every year.