Commission gives guidance on sports that are 'charitable'

The Charity Commission has issued further guidance on the kind of sports clubs that are eligible for charitable status.

Following consultation with sports groups and the Government, it has refined its guidance to elaborate on which sports are considered "healthy recreation".

Activities such as parachuting, angling, flying and snooker do not meet the criteria, defined as "sports which ... will tend to make the participant healthier, fitter and less susceptible to disease". Sports that do meet these criteria include walking, football and judo.

In order to satisfy the criteria for "community participation", sports clubs must be open to the public and affordable for the majority of the community. Discounted rates for people on low incomes will help clubs show they encourage participation, the guidance says.

Chief charity commissioner John Stoker said: "We have been working with sports bodies and other government departments to fine-tune our guidance."

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