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News - 10th May 2022

parkrun continues partnership with Sport England


We’re excited to announce that parkrun will continue to receive support from Sport England for an additional five years as part of their Uniting the Movement strategy!


parkrun will sit within a group of over 120 organisations working in partnership with Sport England to level up access to sport and physical activity across the country. As part of the partnership, we will receive expertise, support and an investment of government and National Lottery funding from Sport England to co-deliver the ambitious 10-year Uniting the Movement strategy.


Sport England research shows that some groups are typically less active – like women, people with long-term health conditions, disabled people, people from ethnically diverse communities and lower socio-economic groups. Right now, the opportunities to get involved in sport and activity – and reap the rewards of being active – depend too much on your background, your gender, your bank balance and your postcode.


This investment will allow us to continue delivering free, weekly, community events across the country, and to expand into new communities, as we strive to ensure as many people as possible have access to a local parkrun.


Over £550million is being invested in total, with the partners including parkrun receiving funding for up to five years. This new funding model from Sport England provides longer-term financial security as organisations recover and reinvent from the Covid-19 pandemic.


Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said:


“Sport England’s goal is to get everyone active– no matter who they are, where they live, or what their background is. But we know that certain groups are more likely to be inactive. We can only innovate and tackle inequalities effectively by thinking about long-term change; Uniting the Movement is a long-term vision, and our funding approach needs to reflect that. Changes to our funding model will help us achieve our goal, by making it easier for our partners to do what they need to do to level up and deliver.”


Russ Jefferys, CEO parkrun added:


“This investment from Sport England comes at a critical time. We know the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns and restrictions have had a dramatic negative impact on the country’s health and wellbeing. With rising inflation and a cost of living crisis ahead of us, and with the unprecedented and unrelenting pressure on the NHS, access to free, weekly, community physical activity which is open and accessible to all is vital.


“We are grateful for this funding from Sport England and the recognition that parkrun has an important role to play in supporting everyone’s health and happiness, particularly those who have been hardest hit over the past couple of years and who might benefit most from our community events.”


All partner organisations were selected by Sport England due to their ability to influence change and improvement at the heart of the system they are a part of, no matter how big or small. This is the first step on a journey to revolutionise Sport England’s approach to long-term partnerships as it seeks to partner and collaborate with innovative organisations to deliver Uniting the Movement and build a nation where everyone can get active.


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