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A note from the team

As we head towards the festive season we reflect a little on 2016 and look ahead to 2017 becoming a fantastic year for community sport. After the highs of Rio and a vintage Andy Murray performance in 2016, we look forward  to seeing  how the new respective Government and Sport England sports strategies will begin to gain traction in 2017 as investment starts to find its way in to local communities.

We are encouraged by a new rationale that goes beyond the traditional funding routes, and the recognition that both digital and innovation have investment potential. To achieve true change, something in the system has to change too. We hope that this new approach will benefit those people who face challenges to becoming more active, in our towns, villages and country sides.

One measure of being a nation on the up is that personal wellbeing has to be something that is valued and promoted. Being respected as an individual is a fundamental right of every UK citizen, and so we hope that the emerging Duty of Care review undertaken by Baroness Grey Thompson and the FA investigation in to alleged abuse in football will lead to every sport and responsible organisation being truly fit for purpose as we offer sporting experiences to everyone, irrespective of their age, gender, orientation,  or racial origin.

In looking forward to 2017, we do not want to lose sight of 2016 as a successful sporting year. Our favourite moments were witnessing the extraordinary inspiration that our Olympic & Paralympic teams brought us. They are now back home visiting schools, sports clubs and local communities, sharing their stories of achievement and resilience, and inspiring others to believe that there sits a champion in each of us.