Impact, Insight & Evidence

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all kinds of discrimination”. Nelson Mandela

The unique power of sport is well recognised but, during tough economic times, as a sector we need to evidence our impact to prove our return on investment.

The following is an attempt to pull together some of the recognised research and statistics available on sport and leisure, so that we can better demonstrate its positive impact and unique value to society.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we eagerly welcome any references to new data.

Please get in touch if you are aware of any studies that could be added.

National Statistics

Community Sport

Deprivation/ Poverty

Economic Impact of Sport




Social Value of Sport

Sport and Development


Measuring Well-being

It is widely agreed that GDP is an important yet insufficient measure of national success. In an attempt to broaden the scope for public policy analysis, whilst much progress has been made on developing the measurement of individual wellbeing, there remains much to be done on how best to apply this data to policymaking.

The Commission on Wellbeing and Policy, chaired by former UK Cabinet Secretary Lord O’Donnell, produced a final report that illustrates the strengths and limitations of wellbeing analysis and provides original and authoritative guidance on the implications for public policy.

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