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Huw AM2 Edwards: "physical activity sector adapting to closures, but reports of eviction threats are shameful"


he physical activity

also looking after the older

sector is adapting to the

and the vulnerable with

difficult circumstances

bespoke programmes."

caused by COVID-19

While Edwards also

(Coronavirus), according to

welcomed the government's

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ukactive CEO Huw Edwards.


he said there remains

Radio 4's Today programme

work to be done.

on 28 March, Edwards said

"We're seeing our

the closure of all gyms and

members having zero

sporting facilities means


income," Edwards said.

unprecedented challenges.

to really enforce the

that the sector is facing

"We need the government

"It's been a very traumatic period for the leisure sector

issue of freeing up that ■■Edwards said there was work to be done to ensure help is delivered

– for the leadership as well

"It's been a very traumatic week for the fitness and leisure sector – for the leadership as well as the workforce"

"There are great levels of anxiety and stress. But we have to contribute to the fight and support the NHS. "And while facilities are

temporarily closed, they


funding when it comes to private landlords, local


as the workforce," he said.

so so


financial support packages,

Speaking on the BBC

authorities and the banks. "There are some really shameful stories of our members being

are still open for business.

facilities online and providing

threatened with eviction

We are seeing our gyms and

resources, so people can be

and winding-up orders."

leisure centres getting their

active at home. Many are

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leisure opportunities

UK's DCMS Committee, led by Julian Knight, hears from charities over impact of COVID-19 outbreaks

leisure opportunities



he UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) has

"The charities sector is likely to lose £4bn in the next quarter, a third of its usual income over a three-month period"

met to hear from charities charities was also discussed.

support needed to ensure

Committee chair Julian Knight,

of the National Council for

their survival in the wake of

MP for Solihull, urged the

Voluntary Organisations

the COVID-19 pandemic.

government to take immediate

(NCVO), told the committee

action in order to safeguard

that the charities sector

remotely on 31 March to

the sector, while DCMS'

was likely to lose £4bn in

consider the increased

secretary of state and culture

the next quarter, a third

demand facing the charities,

secretary Oliver Dowden

of its usual income over

during a time of growing

was questioned whether

a three-month period.

financial pressure.

funding would be available

The Committee convened

■■Committee chair Julian Knight has urged the UK government to take immediate action to safeguard charities


Karl Wilding, chief executive

over the level of government

Concerns over the long-term

for charitable and voluntary

The pandemic has highlighted the 'essential

impact of the coronavirus is

organisations working directly

services' delivered by charities.

expected to have on these

on tackling the coronavirus.

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