The funding will create 2, 647 enhanced and improved sports clubs and 654 coaches between now and March 2010. This will increase opportunities for people across England to get more involved in sport.
Derek Mapp, Chairman of Sport England, said:
“Clubs and coaches are at the heart of community sport. This investment will play a vital role in helping us achieve our aim of getting two million people participating more in sport by 2012. This is a major boost for community sport and will make the job of people on the ground who make sport happen much easier”.
The Club and Coach funding awards for each region are, in principle, as follows:
East: £3, 174, 971
East Midlands: £3, 181, 764
West Midlands: £4, 020, 990
South East: £3, 760, 910
South West: £2,129,346
North East: £2, 998, 501
North West: £5, 103, 690
Yorkshire: £4, 376, 419
London: £3, 552, 605
The remaining £5.5 million will be invested into national governing bodies of sport (NGBs) at a national level to provide support officers to clubs and coaches.
Each of Sport England’s nine Regional Sports Boards decided in March how the investment should be spent in their region to increase participation in sport. Every region has a vital role to play in helping Sport England achieve its ambition of getting two million people participating more in sport by 2012.
Minister for Sport Richard Caborn said:
“We are investing £160 million of public money into community sports clubs and coaching in the four years to 2008. We have put 3,000 community coach posts in place and have built or refurbished over 1,000 sports clubs. This additional £38 million will help to strengthen community sport further and underlines the commitment Sport England and the Government have in increasing sport participation up and down the country.”
Derek Mapp added:
“This is much needed good news for community sport. Sport England is focused on how we can energise the nation and get them doing more sport.”
For further information, please contact Jane Clarke, Head of Communications (020 7273 1800), Alex Russell, Regional PR Manager (020 7273 1866), Chris Rolfe, Press Officer (020 7273 1593).
Notes to Editors:
Sport England exists to sustain and increase participation in community sport. It is a non-departmental public body and Lottery distributor. Our ambition is to get two million people participating more in sport by 2012. We do this by promoting, advising and investing in community sport.
Club and coach announcement
This announcement is subject to NGBs agreeing to the terms and conditions of the grant allocation.
The Club and Coach funding will be invested between April 2007 and March 2010 and is unaffected by the recent announcement concerning future lottery funding for Sport England. The decision to invest £38.3 million into community sport via the Club and Coach fund was made before the Olympic budget announcement was made.
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