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Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the financial value of volunteering for sport-related activities. [122835]

The UK has a network of 110,000 community amateur sports clubs run by 1.5 million volunteers. The financial value of the voluntary sector is difficult to estimate. The Leisure Industries Research Centre did, in 1996, make the following estimate

5. On 1 January 1997 the Sports Council of Great Britain was superseded by the UK Sports Council and English Sports Council

6. The figures for 2002–03 include final provision of £34 million in support of the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

7. The figures in the table cover New Opportunities in PE and Sport (including awards to the Football Foundation and Space for Sports and Arts) and the Out of School Hours/School Sports Co-ordinators schemes.

8. In addition there are other sport funding programmes that are funded through the New Opportunities Fund:

a. £30 million for England administered by Sport England for the Playing Fields and Community Green Spaces scheme; and,

b. £9 million to be delivered by Barnado's and Children's Play Council through the Better Play Grant

The Exchequer and Capital Modernisation Funding figures shown for 2002–03 are final Supply Estimate provision. All other figures reflect actual outturn. The figures for 1983–84 to 1997–98 are recorded on a cash basis with the figures for 1998–99 onwards recorded on a resource basis.