Charity Commission will assess the public benefit of four sports and recreation charities

Move follows regulator's discovery that more than a third of sports charities were unaware of the public benefit requirement

The Charity Commission has published the names of four sports and recreation charities that will be involved in its final round of public benefit assessments.

The charities to be assessed are Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust, the Tintagel Memorial Playing Fields Association, Birmingham City FC Football in the Community and the Radlett Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.

Previous assessments have focused on charities advancing religion or education, arts charities and fee-charging charities.

The assessments will test whether each charity can show it has charitable purposes and operates for the public benefit, as required by the Charities Act 2006. The tests are also intended to help raise awareness and understanding of public benefit.

The commission decided to focus on sports and recreational charities in response to independent research by market research agency FDS International, published by the commission in December, which found that 35 per cent of charities that focused on sports and recreation had no awareness of the public benefit requirement.

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