Poverty the biggest hurdle in access to sport in Scotland – The Times

Scotland has had a love affair with sport dating back centuries, so why has the country allowed the actual act of taking part in sport to become lost to large swathes of the population?

There is now a clear distinction in Scotland between those who watch and those who do, and increasingly it is being drawn along lines of wealth, with sport becoming more popular among those who can afford the kit, memberships and travel to and from facilities, and less popular among those who cannot.

Scotland’s only research think tank on sport, the Observatory for Sport in Scotland (OSS), is therefore urging the next Scottish government to take on a simple but very big idea, of launching a first “national conversation on the role

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