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Working with Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC), Sport England commissioned a project to assess and understand the social and economic impact of community sport and physical activity in England. 

There are two complementary parts to the research. Part one measures the social impact (including physical and mental health) of sport and physical activity while part two measures the economic importance. Together, both parts enable Sport England to demonstrate the contribution of sport and physical activity to the five government outcomes (physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development, and economic development). The research revealed that the combined social and economic value of taking part (participating and volunteering) in community sport and physical activity in England in 2017/18 was £85.5bn. 

When measured against the £21.85 billion costs of engagement and providing sport and physical activity opportunities, for every £1 spent on community sport and physical activity, a return on investment (ROI) of £3.91 was created for individuals and society in 2017/18.