Scrolling through Twitter this week I noticed a certain hashtag appearing on my timeline - #GetYourKitOn. Led by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the campaign surrounds the expected funding cuts of 25-40% from the Exchequer to grassroots sport. The Sport and Recreation Alliance states that reductions at this level would affect community sport severely, and they are therefore encouraging people to show their support for grassroots sport and how much they value government investment into the sector.
For me, grassroots sport refers to any form of amateur participation in a sport or physical activity - so us runners are definitely included here! As someone whose childhood was defined by my involvement in youth football, who currently works in sport at a grassroots level, who voluntary coaches young people in sport, and who now participates personally in fitness activity and as an amateur runner; it is obvious that I do not want to see cuts like this happen. Whilst, sport and physical activity is clearly a very large part of my life, I do believe it plays a part in everyone's life in some way, at some point.
In order to keep people's experiences of sport positive and therefore promote continued involvement in physical activity it seems clear to me that the Government support needs to at least be maintained as it is.
So, I will be tweeting my photo this week - not doubt of me out running! - but you can also head to www.getyourkiton.team to find out more about the campaign and others ways you can show your support.