Combined annual value of participation in sport and physical activity in S'pore, London & Auckland tops $22 billion

(From left) Dr Gillian Koh, Mr Lim Teck Yin, Ms Tove Okunniwa and Dr Sarah Sandley at a panel discussion on Social Resilience Through Sport and Physical Activity at MBS on July 10, 2018.
(From left) Dr Gillian Koh, Mr Lim Teck Yin, Ms Tove Okunniwa and Dr Sarah Sandley at a panel discussion on Social Resilience Through Sport and Physical Activity at MBS on July 10, 2018.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

SINGAPORE - Representatives from Singapore, London and Auckland, the founding cities of the Active Citizens Worldwide (ACW), came together on Tuesday (July 10) to present the programme's first annual report at the World Cities Summit at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

The ACW is a global initiative launched in February to help cities across the world achieve change in the physical activity levels of its citizens.

This is done by using data and analytics to provide policymakers with better knowledge to help transform the physical activity profiles of their cities. Stockholm has since joined the programme.

The total combined annual value of participation in sport and physical activity in the three founding cities has been estimated at US$16.4 billion (S$22.3 billion), including annual health-related and societal benefits.

Sport Singapore's chief executive officer Lim Teck Yin was present on Tuesday, together with Sarah Sandley, chief executive of Aktive - Auckland Sport and Recreation, and Tove Okunniwa, chief executive of London Sport.

Said Lim: "Through this project and cross sharing between the cities, we will strengthen evidence-based decisions towards Vision 2030 - our roadmap for using sport as a strategy to serve the nation, communities, businesses and individuals.

"There is much we can learn from the other Founding Cities, and it is also timely that we take stock of our progress thus far to see which areas need more attention.

"We will be engaging our stakeholders and partners as we work through the follow-ups from the first year's report."