Skip to main content

New House of Lords Committee on Sport and Recreation appointed

15 October 2020

The House of Lords has today agreed to appoint a new Committee on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation chaired by Lord Willis of Knaresborough

The Committee will consider the effectiveness of the Government’s current sport and recreation policies, and whether the growth of multiple public bodies tasked with promoting participation in sport has delivered a healthier and more active nation. The Committee will also consider how sports bodies can respond to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The inquiry comes as both professional and grassroots sports try and find ways to operate effectively during the pandemic and some of our biggest sporting institutions propose new governance and competitive structures for their games.

The Committee includes members with significant experience and expertise in sport including 11 time Olympic Gold medallist Baroness Grey-Thompson, former Sport Minister, British Olympic Association Chairman and Olympic Silver Medallist Lord Moynihan and Baroness Brady, the Vice-Chairman of the Premier League’s West Ham United.

Commenting on the appointment Lord Willis, said:

“I am very pleased to be appointed Chair of what I think will be a really important and timely Committee. Over the past 25 years the landscape for delivering sport and recreation has changed hugely with the creation of organisations like Sport England, UK Sport and UKActive, and the successful hosting of major sporting events across the UK. However, has this delivered a more active and sporting nation?

“Our inquiry will seek to understand whether Government policy on sports and recreation can meet the many expectations that are placed on sport to improve physical and mental health at grassroots level, and deliver international successes for the country at the top end. The current pandemic has shone a light on some of the longstanding issues in both professional and amateur sport, and our inquiry will look at how our sporting landscape can respond and rebound stronger from the current crisis.

“We will publish a Call for Evidence later this year and I hope those with a passion or interest in sport will let us know their thoughts on how we can deliver a better sporting future for our country.”

The full list of Members appointed to sit on the new Committee are:

Willis of Knaresborough, L. (Chair)
Addington, L.
Blower, B.
Brady, B.
Grey-Thompson, B.
Hayward, L.
Knight of Weymouth, L.
Krebs, L.
Morris of Yardley, B.
Moynihan, L.
Sater, B.
Snape, L.

Latest tweets


Subscribe to Lords newsletter

Sign up for the House of Lords newsletter for the latest news, debates and business