Grassroots Sport Participation

Part of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons on 1 December 2022.

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Photo of Gavin Newlands Gavin Newlands Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport)

As they say, you have to see it to be it, and it is well known that, when cricket disappeared from terrestrial TV and went on to paid-for satellite TV, participation levels at grassroots plummeted. A great many Scottish football fans cannot view the Scottish men’s national team on free-to-air TV, and that has hit participation levels. The previous Sports Minister met me to discuss how we might improve the situation. Might the Secretary of State do me the same courtesy?