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Potential Health Benefits Of Spectating At Golf Events

EDM number 362 in 2017-19, proposed by Stephen Gethins on 11/10/2017.
Categorised under the topic of Sports.

That this House welcomes the recent publication of scientific papers relating to the potential health benefits to the world's over-10 million spectators attending golf tournaments; notes a recent study by Professor Nanette Mutrie, Dr Andrew Murray and colleagues published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which showed that spectators take an average of over 11,000 steps while walking the course and, as well as observing leading players in this fashion, are more likely to have an active interest in gaining physical activity and spending time with their families; further notes this builds on a review conducted by the University of Edinburgh and published 2016 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which highlighted that golf can provide moderate intensity physical activity as advocated by the World Health Organisation and the UK's four chief medical officers; is pleased that these reports are being widely shared by player ambassadors such as Annika Sorenstam , Gary Player, Padraig Harrington as well as current world number one So Yeon Ryu; encourages others to read these reports and consider their implications; looks forward to future research in this area; further encourages others to make the most of the associated health benefits UK-held tournaments held by the Royal and Ancient (R+A), the European Tour and the PGAs of Europe offer; and further welcomes the the collaborative approach of the World Golf Foundation, the R+A, PGAs of Europe, the European Tour, Paths for All and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews have shown to date and ongoing.

This motion has been signed by a total of 8 MPs.

Stephen Gethins11/10/2017North East FifeScottish National PartyProposed
Chris Stephens12/10/2017Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySeconded
David Linden16/10/2017Glasgow EastScottish National PartySeconded
Chris Law16/10/2017Dundee WestScottish National PartySeconded
Gavin Newlands24/10/2017Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthScottish National PartySeconded
Alan Brown25/10/2017Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySeconded
Angus MacNeil20/11/2017Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry08/01/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned

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