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Sport in the Community

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the provision of sport in the community. (92127)

The Department is committed to the provision of sport in the community, assessed through our public service agreement target of increasing levels of participation in sport by priority groups by 3 per cent. by 2008. We are implementing a range of measures to achieve this target, which will be measured through our Taking Part survey. First year results will be available by the end of this year.

By this year, the Government and the national lottery will have committed over £1 billion to develop new or refurbished public sports facilities. Sports facilities programmes such as Active England, the New Opportunities for PE and Sport initiative and the Community Club Development Programme are supporting the development of over 4,000 new or refurbished sports facilities.

Government investment in the coaching strategy between 2004 and 2008 will total £60 million with the bulk being spent on establishing a network of around 3,000 Community Sports Coaches. We are also investing £100 million in England from 2005-08 in the Community Club Development Programme assisting National Governing Bodies to develop community sports clubs to increase participation and widen access.

We have also committed £34.5 million over the next two years to the National Sports Foundation to fund a range of projects to benefit grassroots sport, and we will be encouraging the private sector to match this funding.