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Sports Funding

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support she makes available for (a) community football and (b) other sports-related activities; what Government funding such schemes will receive in each Government Office region in 2003–04; and if she will make a statement. [121634]

The Lottery sports fund has made awards totalling over £1.5 billion for community sport projects since 1995, including £83,879,701 for community football. Funding is dependent on Lottery income and is not allocated against Government Office Regions. Applications are assessed on their merits as they are receivedThe Football Foundation funds community football schemes as part of its work in the development of grass roots football. In addition to substantial contributions from the FA and the Premier League, the Foundation will receive a minimum of £62 million in public funding over the period 2000–04, from Sport England, the New Opportunities Fund and the Reduction in Pool Betting Duty. The level of public funding to the Foundation for 2003–04 will depend on the level of Pool Betting Duty receipts, but is expected to total £17 million. This is not allocated by reference to Government Office regions.

In addition to the The New Opportunities Fund's contribution to the football foundation the New Opportunities PE and Sport Programme will provide £581 million in England for school sports facilities, including a £25 million contribution to the Space for Sports and the Arts scheme. Some facilities will include community football. Provisional funding has been allocated to each Local Education Authority area and awards will be made once NOF staff have assessed individual applications. A regional breakdown of the provisional allocation is as follows:

£ million



East Midlands39.8
North East37.9
North West89.4
South East51.8
South West35.6
West Midlands61.3

The Space for Sport and the Arts programme will support the development of quality spaces and facilities for sports and arts activities in primary schools for school and community use. The programme covers a variety of sports activities, including community football. Between October 2001–March 2004 the regional allocations set out in the following table have been made:


Allocation (£)

South East10,150,000
East Midlands14,000,000
South West9,525,000
West Midlands11,000,000
North East21,550,000
North West23,025,000

Exchequer spending through Sport England in 2003–04 is planned to be £49.8 million. Within this total, spending on community football or by region cannot be separately identified.