Sports investment saves billions on health, crime and education

posted on 28 April 2016, updated on 28 April 2016

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 spent on sport during 2013/14 contributed to a £44.75bn 'outcome', with six relating to health, two to education, as well as three further social outcomes.

The biggest economic impact was the £30.4bn generated by participants’ 'higher subjective wellbeing'. A 1 per cent reduction in crime over the period resulted in £41m savings, while improvements in education attainment for those taking part in physical activity netted the country £5m.

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