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FSPA : Federation of Sports and Play Associations

About us

At a Glance

The Federation of Sports and Play Associations (FSPA) is the national trade body responsible for representing 14 associations and approximately 500 member companies in the sports and play industries.

Formed in 1919 and formally incorporated in 1926, the Federation has a long history of serving the industry and in 2009 celebrated it's 90th anniversary.  

As the voice of the industry, the FSPA is ideally positioned at the very heart of the trade. 


To work in partnership to represent and promote expertise on behalf of UK sports and play businesses.

Our Aims

  • Represent 14 associations across the sports and play sectors
  • Provide approximately 500 member companies with a valuable and unique service
  • Act as the voice of the UK sports and play industries
  • Liaise with UK Government and the EU Commission on all legislative issues directly affecting association members
  • Promote expertise on behalf of UK sports and play businesses
  • Work in partnership with UK Government Partners, Governing Bodies and National Associations on behalf of member companies.
  • Actively lobby government on matters affecting its associations as and before they arise in the UK
  • Remain at the forefront of strategic thinking in Whitehall and Brussels as members of both FESI and FEPI

Our Member Companies

The FSPA membership base spanning 14 associations in the sports, play and golf sectors consists of almost 500 UK manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of sports and play equipment and apparel, and includes a number of the UK’s major sports brands.

This impressive membership base contributes a collective £3.1bn turnover to the UK economy and employs some 15,000+ employees.


The FSPA has official status as a lobbying organisation in the EU parliament in Brussels, which means it has power beyond any private business. As a trade body it works for the good of the industry as a whole rather than any single private interest.

The FSPA is an active member of the Federation of European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) who work alongside UK partners such as NGB’s, CSP’s and government departments.  The FSPA's play manufacturer association the Association of Play Industries (API) is an active member of the Federation of the European Play Industry (FEPI).  The Federation has also strengthened its relationship with the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).

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