Social and economic value of community sport and physical activity

From Sport England and Sheffield Hallam University … for every £1 spent on community sport and physical activity, a return on investment (ROI) of £3.91 was created for individuals and society.

More than £3.6bn worth of savings were generated by the prevention of 900,000 cases of diabetes, while a further £3.5bn of value was generated through avoided dementia cases and the related care.

A total of £450 million was saved by preventing 30 million additional GP visits. 

A further £20bn of value came from stronger and safer communities, including: 

  • 10,000 fewer crime incidents 
  • The replacement value of work done by sports volunteers (£5.7bn) 
  • Improved levels of social trust, belonging and community engagement (£14.2bn)

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