Grassroots Sports - Britain's new initiative

The United Kingdom has a Community Amateur Sports Club scheme, set up in 2002. This scheme was meant to promote amateur clubs, mainly by the way of tax relief and to make it easier to recognise the clubs that focused on grassroots sport above everything. This was good step in the right direction but it was left untouched for 12 years, even with London’s hosting of the Summer Olympic games. This goes back to when Britain used sport mainly as community development rather than focusing on the high performance side of sport as it has don recently, and possibly it is going back to that. This new ruling is, according to the Sport and Recreation Alliance, allows a lot more clubs to benefit from this scheme. And it is clear when looking at the changes that there is a lot more leniency with the new set of rules, allowing clubs a greater degree of ambition while still being considered to be focusing on grassroots. This would provide a helpful boost to grassroots sport in the UK if it is all it promises to be.

The Sport and Recreation takes quite an amount of credit for their contribution to this new initiative, although within reason. With the doubts over whether the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics being all it claimed to be, it would be a good time to focus on grassroots sport in the country, granted that this measure did not need to wait till 2014 to become significant. Perhaps it was a response to the voices that denied that the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics as being real and concrete. Whatever the reason behind the decision, or perhaps it was the Alliance that pushed it through, if they have found a new lease of life; it still needs to be approved by parliament. If it does, it should allow more clubs into the scheme, making it easier for them to have an impact on their community. And at the end of the day, the sporting success is built on the foundation of its grassroots.

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