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Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England and UK Sport CEO Sally Munday said:

“Sport delivers so much positive impact for our society, communities and people. Whether it is the mental and physical health benefits of being active and connecting with others, enjoying live sport as a spectator or volunteer, or the inspirational moments delivered by our elite athletes, sport matters. “Sport is precious and all organisations who have either a leadership role in sport or provide sport in this country have a responsibility to help protect and improve it for all. Since the publication of the Whyte Review in the summer of 2022, we have been reviewing the findings and exploring how we can use them to drive improvements and better support those who organise, coach and take part in sport to ensure the best possible experience for all. We have also been working closely with British Gymnastics to support them to make swift changes and develop their plan of reforms.” “We have a responsibility to the gymnasts, parents, coaches and others to ensure their bravery in stepping forward and contributing to the Review doesn’t just lead to progress in their own sport, but has a lasting legacy across all of sport. “This package of reforms incorporate change in areas where we as Sports Councils have agency and jurisdiction, but we also remain in ongoing conversation with government around wider reforms in the sector. “Today is a positive step forward, but there is a huge amount of work still to be done to ensure all sport is consistently safe, welcoming and inclusive for all.”

Andy Salmon, CEO of British Triathlon, said:

“Organisations with leadership roles in sport have a tremendous responsibility to ensure the safeguarding and wellbeing of people taking part, but this responsibility extends to everyone involved in sport, whatever their role. “British Triathlon welcomes these commitments and recognises them as a significant development and opportunity for positive change.”

Georgina Usher, CEO of British Fencing, said:

“Safeguarding and welfare is the foundation of every great sporting experience from participation to podium. It is vital that there is continued leadership and determination across the sector to make the necessary progress and these commitments published today will form an important part of the work we have ahead of us to ensure positive experiences for all.”
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