Is sport important in the election?

Is sport important in the election? Sky Sports News HQ investigates

The people decide who will run the country tomorrow, but what are the big sporting issues on the agenda for this general election - and do the political parties care?

The following investingation has been recently carried out by Sky Sport News HQ. 

In the build-up to the General Election in May 2005, as London was bidding to secure the 2012 Olympics hosting rights, sport was a vigorous buzzword. Not so in 2017, with the main focus on security, Brexit, social care and the NHS.

Sport in politics seems to be important to many people though. Over the last month, SSN HQ has spoken to lots of sports fans at events in golf, netball, football, rugby and cricket on what should be taken seriously.

Key issues mentioned were: Ticket prices in lower league football, fan representation at board level, and the big one - grassroots sport and investment in schools.

So what are the party policies on sport?

Conservatives - Their manifesto states: "We will support a UK city in making a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. We shall continue to support school sport, delivering on our commitment to double support for sports in primary schools.

Labour - Labour's spokesperson on sport, Clive Efford, told SSN HQ that while they have several promises towards sport, grassroots sport and increasing participation was their priority. They also want Supporter Trust representation on the boards of football clubs.

Liberal Democrats - John Leech (Liberal Democrats sports spokesperson) said his party are focused on school funding and grassroots level, but perhaps more controversially, they want safe standing areas in football.

Scottish National Party - Their manifesto says they favour greater recognition and weighting to community involvement, investment for increasing participation, engagement, and promotion of women in sport and supporting efforts to end LGBT discrimination in sport.

Green issues in sport were recently highlighted by Forest Green Rovers being promoted to the Football League. Their fleet of electric cars, solar-powered stadium, vegan diet and plans for a wooden stadium built within an Eco Park brought environmental issues into a sporting context.

However, no other political party, including the Green Party, Plaid Cymru, UKIP, DUP or Sinn Fein, have made a mention of sport in their manifestos.

First published:, written by Geraint Hughes, SSN HQ reporter, 7 June 2017