'Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation' (PDF) signals a shift in Government policy, which - by its own admission - has for the past decade focused on increasing sport participation and winning more Olympic and Paralympic medals.
The report explains: "Both of these [goals] are valuable, and will remain part of this new strategy. However, what really matters is how sport benefits the public and the country."
The new strategy, released following a consultation held earlier in 2015, will focus on five key benefits of sport and activity: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development, and economic development.
Government sport funding will go to organisations that can show how they will deliver on these outcomes, particularly if they collaborate with other organisations and provide benefits at a local level.
"Being close to where people live, high quality multi-use local green spaces can play a key role as sporting venues and as alternative settings for sport and healthy activity for communities including new audiences that are less likely to use traditional sports centres," the report says.
"The opportunities to realise the multiple benefits that can be achieved for communities by investing in green spaces and routes as venues for sport and healthy activity should be considered whenever they arise."
The report also acknowledges that much sports practice - even amongst elite athletes - occurs outside official sports facilities, in parks and open spaces, concluding: "Existing open space, sports and recreational buildings and land should not be built on unless the sites have been assessed as surplus to requirements; the loss would be replaced by equivalent or better provision; or the development is for alternative sports and recreational provision, the needs for which clearly outweigh the loss."
The report also says Sport England will need to partner with departments and groups it has not traditionally worked with as part of the strategy. During 2016 Sport England will set out plans to focus "significant resources" to develop local physical activity strategies in specific areas where physical activity is currently low, working closely with Public Health England and local authorities.
Mark Camley, chair of The Parks Alliance, the national voice of UK parks, welcomed the report, saying parks have a crucial role to play in increasing physical activity.
"Parks are already key in getting the UK active as organised as well as non-organised sport typically happens in parks rather than sporting grounds. Parks, largely free at point of use offer a low cost means of grass roots participation to draw in hard to reach groups. With regular participation better than one-off, reducing barriers such as costs is an important driver to deliver continued participation.
"We support the finding that support for sport and physical activity infrastructure should not just be restricted to pitches, sports halls and buildings. We are pleased that for future investment, Sport England will balance the need for, and existing provision, of all spaces not just built facilities.
"Having an invested park infrastructure such as making areas safe and secure, good way finding and signposting both, physically and on-line is crucial for encouraging new and lapsed users."