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Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe MP has underlined his commitment to increase sports participation particularly among children and young people. Appointed in July 2007 he said that sport has tremendous power not just to inspire and delight but to change lives for the better. He said: “Be it on health, crime or social inclusion I will be looking to harness that power and cement sports' place at the heart of government policy.”

The Government's recently published ten year youth strategy - `Aiming High for Young People: a Ten Year Strategy for Positive Activities' echoes the Sports Minister's commitment to increasing sport participation. It focuses on helping all young people, particularly those living in inner-city communities, to take part in enjoyable and purposeful activities enabling them to develop new skills and raise their aspirations. The strategy will also provide £184 million of additional funding for programmes and initiatives that will increase sports participation.

The Delivering Social Change through Sport conference attracted a large number of delegates from a wide range of backgrounds including sports development, housing providers, Local Authorities regeneration and local communities.

This conference supported the National Enterprise Week 2007 events. For more information see www.enterpriseweek.org.



 
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