Job search
Job Search

Research: Investment in sport saves billions on health and crime

What effect does sport have on the wider economy and society? Sheffield Hallam University has attempted to find out

Published in Sports Management 02 May 2016 issue 119
Increased subjective wellbeing related to sport contributed £30.4bn / LarsZ / shutterstock.com
Increased subjective wellbeing related to sport contributed £30.4bn / LarsZ / shutterstock.com

Almost £45bn was saved in England over a 12 month period on health, crime and education as a result of the country’s investment in sport.

According to a new study compiled by Sheffield Hallam University – Social Return on Investment in Sport – the £23.46bn (US$33.68bn, €29.86bn) spent on sport during 2013-14 contributed to a £44.75bn (US$64.24bn, €56.95bn) “outcome”, with six of the outcomes relating to health, two to education and a further three to social outcomes.

In terms of health, the study found that participation in sport and exercise at “moderate intensity” for adults reduced the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and strokes by 30 per cent, colon cancer by 24 per cent, Type 2 diabetes by 10 per cent, dementia by 30 per cent and breast cancer in women by 20 per cent.

In addition, 14.1 per cent of adults participating in sport and exercise were more likely to report good health than non-participants.

As a result £1bn (US$1.43bn, €1.27bn) was saved on the reduction of CHD and stroke risks, £132m (US$189.5m, €168m) on breast cancer, £239m (US$343.1m, €304.2m) on Type 2 diabetes, £2.2bn (US$3.2bn, €2.8bn) on dementia, while £1.5bn (US$2.2bn, €1.9bn) was saved because of reported good health.

The biggest economic impact was the £30.4bn (US$43.6bn, €38.7bn) derived from participants’ “higher subjective wellbeing”. A 1 per cent reduction in crime over the period resulted in £41m (US$58.9m, €52.2m) savings, while improvements in education attainment for those taking part in physical activity netted the country £5m (US$7.2m, €6.4m).

Finally, work done by volunteers in sport contributed to £7.8bn (US$11.2bn, €9.9bn) in economic impact.

The study – funded by the Higher Education Investment Fund (HEIF), the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Sport England – found that by dividing the value of outcomes (£44.75bn) by the value of inputs (£23.46bn) a Social Return on Investment in Sport of £1.91 (US$2.74, €2.43) was generated for every £1 (US$1.43, €1.27) spent.

Researchers – Larissa Davies, Peter Taylor, Girish Ramchandani and Elizabeth Christy – said that the study was “the start of a journey, providing a platform for improvement in evidence on the social impacts of sport”.

“The purpose of the research is to enable policy makers to present a case for supporting investment in sport, by demonstrating its wider contribution and value to society,” they added.

“Furthermore, from an educational perspective, it is to lay down the basis for a research programme in this area, and a platform upon which to build and improve estimates of social impact and value in the future.”

Sign up for FREE ezines
Sports jobs

Sales, Marketing and Retention Manager

University of Leeds
Salary: £37,099 - £44,263pa + generous pension + benefits
Location: Leeds, UK

Exercise Referral Instructor

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Epping Forest Keeper (countryside Ranger)

City of London Corporation
Salary: £35,663 - £39,805pa + Local Govt Pension + benefits
Location: Loughton, UK

Aquatics Officer - dual site

Brio Leisure
Salary: from £29,269pa
Location: Northwich, UK

Fitness Manager

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Bristol

Climbing Activities and Wellbeing Coordinator

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Winchester

Strategic Manager Leisure Partnerships and Health

Swansea Council
Salary: £53,653 – £58,089pa
Location: Swansea, UK

Centre Manager - dual site

Brio Leisure
Salary:  £35,745pa + excellent benefits
Location: Ellesmere Port, UK

Centre Manager - dual site

Brio Leisure
Salary: £35,745pa + excellent benefits
Location: Chester, UK
recruiting with sports management

Activity & Wellbeing Leader

Everyone Active
Salary:
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon

Chief Executive Officer

Redbridge Sports & Leisure
Salary: on request
Location: Barkingside, Ilford, UK

Swimming Teacher

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive rates of pay
Location: Rickmansworth, UK

Swimming Teacher

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive rates of pay
Location: Watford, UK
Swimming Teacher jobs  duty manager jobs  Team Leader jobs  Swim Manager jobs  general manager jobs  recreation assistant jobs 
More jobs

Company profile

Company profile: ServiceSport (UK) Ltd
ServiceSport (UK) Ltd specialises in maintaining, servicing and re-manufacturing all brands of cardiovascular and resistance gym equipment as well as selling brand new equipment from market leading manufacturers.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

CoverMe Fitness launches in Australian market
CoverMe Fitness, the studio management app for the fitness industry, has launched in Australia, with industry veteran Tony Zonato as managing director for the region.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: Cleveland Lakes, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
Company: Cotswold Lakes Trust
Location: Loughton, IG10
Company: Knight Frank
Location: Grantham, Leicestershire
Company: Belvoir Castle
Location: Hall Place House, Bexley, DA5 1PQ
Company: London Borough of Bexley
Location: 15 Concessions across the nation's forests
Company: Forestry England
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

03-05 Sep 2024
IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand
08-10 Sep 2024
Wyndham® Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs™ Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
19-19 Sep 2024
The Salil Hotel Riverside - Bangkok, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
20-22 Sep 2024
Locations worldwide,
More diary dates