WATCH: Gym industry bosses to go before Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Representatives from the gym industry will speak at a parliamentary inquiry into the impact of the pandemic on sport in the community on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 6:00 am
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The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hear from gym bosses in an attempt to make sure sports facilities, including pools and leisure centres, can survive the pandemic.

The ‘evidence session’ is available to watch HERE from 10am to noon.

A petition to ‘Keep gyms open during Tier 4 lockdown’ has collected more than 176,700 signatures. Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate.

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Tuesday’s meeting is part of the DCMS Committee's inquiry into sport in our communities. The Committee will hear from two panels:

Panel 1 (10am to 11am)Rich Emerson, CEO, The Climbing Academy, and Chair of the Association of British Climbing Walls.Rebecca Passmore, UK Managing Director, PureGym

Panel 2 (11am to noon)Marg Mayne, CEO, Mytime Active, and Treasurer of Community Leisure UKHuw Edwards, CEO, ukactive

More information about the inquiry is available here:

A statement on the DCMS website reads: “The Committee is seeking views on sport in our communities. The financial viability of community sports clubs is in doubt, with the future of many at risk even before the pandemic.

“The DCMS Committee wants to identify specific actions the Government can take to guarantee the future survival of the community sports sector.

“The Committee is looking into sports governance, funding and the case for elite professional sports to support the lower leagues and grassroots.”