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Sporting life: cuts kick in

The London Olympics were meant to leave us a legacy of greater public participation in sport. But the coming cuts may kill that off

By David Goldblatt   October 2010

A recent report from Sheffield Hallam University found that the English spend over £17bn a year on sport— nearly 3 per cent of all consumer spending. The study,  “The Economic Value of Sport in England,” also estimated that 441,000 people are in sports-related employment, or just under 2 per cent of the workforce. Sport, therefore, is a small but not inconsiderable economic sector and one whose current fortunes parallel the course of the wider economy.

In the most successful parts of the sporting private sector, things continue to look rosy. The Premiership appears to be recession-proof—there has as yet been…

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