Regulatory Burden on Sport

I have been asked to attend and take part in the CCPR review of regulatory burden on sport. Funnily enough this was one of the things I put into the Labour manifesto too – so once again there should be good cross-party support for anything that comes out of this review. The details are below, but at this stage I am looking for examples from sports clubs and organisations of burdens that could be lifted. As I am participating as Chair of Sport Strategic Partnership for Volunteers I am specifically interested in reducing burdens on our 4 million sports volunteers.

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CCPR has been asked by the Minister for Sport to undertake a review of bureaucracy as it affects sport, and those who run community sports clubs. The aim of this review is to complement and inform the sports policy objectives of the new coalition government. The review has been asked to work in tandem with the existing government reviews of vetting and barring and Lord Young’s Health and Safety Review. However the full range of regulatory burdens will be examined through a survey of clubs and national governing bodies which will be followed by a series of expert working groups. How will this affect sport and recreation?

The review is a great opportunity to formally highlight to government the problems affecting sport at its grassroots. The report will not only examine the issues, but offer positive policy recommendations which CCPR can continue to campaign on.What can our members do?CCPR is embarking on the first stages of research. Members can help by highlighting any areas of regulatory burden they wish us to examine, offering case studies and declaring an interest in sitting on expert panels. Please contact Syann Cox at

Playgrounds at risk under coalition cuts

According to Channel 4 News hundreds of playground developments across England are up for the chop as part of the growing list of cuts. It looks like the Department for Education have put the brakes on the scheme we set up to deliver 1,500 new play areas.  This was part of Labour’s £235m Playbuilder Scheme for community play.

c4 playground story

Having worked with people representing the Play Industries I know there was criticism at the delays in getting round to fulfilling this pledge. It will now be a bit of a kick in the teeth for all those projects that were now looking forward to receiving their funding.  Projects are not just delivered overnight – they take months of local consultation and planning. There are already about 2,000 playgrounds that have benefitted from the cash.

C4 News Story Video

C4 News Story

Tax & Sport

It comes as no surprise that the following story has appeared again today. It looks like it is a story that will run and run. As other countries create tax free havens for sports stars our tax laws start to look out of date. Or do they? Should we be always chasing the tax free states in their quest for short term gain and profile. Perhaps as usual there is a compromise somewhere in the middle. I know the Treasury will not want to open up this issue too lightly. Where do we stop. How many exemptions for ‘visitors’ do we create.

To be fair we do need to do something. The rules as they stand do ‘over penalise’ visiting sports stars and we have created the special exemption for the 2012 Olympics. It was part of the 2012 Olympics Act I sat on…so it is possible.

I know the new Coalition government are as keen as the previous sports minister to sort this out…but the Treasury ahs even more say these days – so we will see how quickly this is resolved. I would love to be at those meetings again today!


The story….

Sport Industry Website story

The European Tour and Paul Casey have become the latest names to hit out at the UK tax rules, saying that they could deter the world’s top golfers from competing in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in October.

Foreign stars are taxed both on their winnings from events in Britain and a portion of other income that is connected to their performance in the UK, including sponsorship and endorsements. 

It has been reported that Tiger Woods will face a potential £1m bill if he is to play in the Ryder Cup.

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Usain Bolt pulled out of the Grand Prix at Crystal Palace this weekend as he would end up losing money if he competed.

The tax situation is a big issue for the Ryder Cup because players receive no prize money and Mitchell Platts, European Tour director of public relations corporate affairs, commented: ‘These tax rules are discouraging leading sportsmen and sportswomen from competing in Britain.’

‘Our aim is to attract the best players to provide the best entertainment for our audiences in the UK. This tax rule is seriously hampering our efforts.’

Golfer Casey, who now lives in Arizona, said: ‘…I fear it will keep people away. I do think about it, I’m not a huge fan of paying through the nose for something. The Ryder Cup does seem a mad one as we don’t get paid. Yes, it would cause a stink.’

The rule has been waived for the London 2012 Olympics and the European Tour could ask for a similar relinquish on the rules in October.