Posted by Aston Avery

Chris Boardman on how extreme weather could effect grassroots sports

As climate change accelerates, grassroots sports across the UK are increasingly feeling the heat. Recent data from Sport England reveals a troubling trend: extreme weather is not only disrupting regular sports participation but also threatening the future of community sports and physical activity.

The UK’s grassroots sports and physical activity sector is facing a severe crisis, with extreme weather causing significant disruptions. On average, 60% of adults have reported extreme weather as a barrier to participating in sport and physical activity. The primary reasons include low motivation (54% on average), concerns about injury (28%), and less enjoyment of sports under adverse weather conditions (26%). Looking ahead, 30% of adults anticipate a further negative impact on sports and physical activity levels if weather patterns continue.

Aston spoke to Chris Boardman, chair of Sport England and Olympic gold medalist cyclist.

Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash

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