Our Inquiry

Our Inquiry

An Inquiry into the cultural value of sport to the North’s cities, towns and communities

Call for Evidence

The Northern Culture APPG’s second inquiry will build on the findings and recommendations made in the Case for Culture: Levelling Up Inquiry Report which achieved cross-party consensus on the need to level up Northern Culture and deliver greater access, investment and equal opportunity for the North’s rich seam of talent. It provided a blueprint for how the North can rebuild cultural confidence, adapt and become more resilient and develop new audiences for culture

Submitting Evidence

Want to participate in the Northern Culture APPG’s Inquiry into the cultural value of sport to the North’s cities, towns and communities?

Terms Of Reference

This Question of Sport Inquiry will look specifically at the major role sport plays across the North in terms of shaping the North’s cultural identity and value.

This Inquiry is about cultural value of sport, its social impact and economic benefits to towns, cities and regions and communities across the North. The term sport used for this inquiry, as per the European Sports Charter, is:
“All forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels”.
There will be 3 evidence sessions geared to addressing 3 Questions:
  • What is needed to boost the cultural value of sport and build stronger communities across the North?
  • How much more cultural value could sport add to levelling up opportunities and access to culture?
  • How can sport drive cultural value, identity and diversity and contribute to the North’s rich seam of talent and grow the North’s economy?

Get involved

If you are interested in sponsoring the APPG and our inquiry, please email northerncultureappg@inflect.co.uk

Written Evidence

We are calling for written evidence from all those with a stake in rebalancing and levelling up the North’s cultural value through sport in the North’s cities, towns and communities.

The Northern Culture APPG wants to hear evidence on the contribution all sport – from elite to grassroots football to rugby, cycling, cricket, etc. – makes to building stronger and more diverse communities.
  • How can sport contribute to generating better and more inclusive places and communities?
  • What is the economic contribution of sport to culture?
  • What investment is needed to increase the cultural output of sporting institutions?
  • How can sporting institutions turn funding into cultural value for their communities?
  • Should more powers and funding be devolved to connect the value of sport to Northern Culture?
  • How can sport aid participation in culture?
  • How do we ensure a fair spread of funding for sport across the North?
  • How do we ensure funding is fairly distributed across different sports?
  • How can we ensure communities and spectators are able to access sport and its cultural value?
  • How can we ensure fair access to sport for underrepresented communities
  • What is the value of sport to the North’s cultural identity?
  • How can sporting institutions contribute to a sense of place and community?
  • How can sport contribute to a strong Northern cultural brand a strong and cohesive brand for the North, building recognition of its world class reputation
  • How do we develop a strong and diverse supply chain for sporting talent?


Please submit through the website portal here by 9:00 on 28th October. Please indicate which questions you intend to answer.

Please note that the submission is limited to 2,000 words. If you would like to submit a longer piece of evidence, email it with a summary to northerncultureappg@inflect.co.uk.

Oral Evidence

You may be invited to give oral evidence at one of our online sessions, the next of which will be announced shortly.