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Sports Funding

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has invested in sport in each of the last five years; and how much of that funding was targeted towards children and young people. (89541)

DCMS funding for sport is primarily channelled through Sport England and UK Sport. The following table shows the funding for these bodies over the last five years.

£

UK Sport

Sport England

Exchequer

Lottery

Exchequer

Lottery

2001-02

16,381,000

25,442,000

43,162,000

237,583,000

2002-03

15,513,000

21,463,000

80,324,000

223,742,000

2003-04

23,018,000

20,041,000

44,572,000

202,531,000

2004-05

23,089,000

21,055,000

74,455,000

189,899,000

2005-06

29,305,000

19,000,000

78,963,000

175,000,000

Total 2001-06

107,306,000

107,001,000

321,476,000

1,028,755,000

UK Sport is the Government’s lead agency for high performance sport. It is charged with leading British sport to world-class success. Its investments are primarily directed at sports and their high performance performers who compete or have the potential to compete in international sporting competitions. In addition to running the World Class Pathway Programme, UK Sport is responsible for the Talented Athletes Sponsorship Scheme (TASS), which is targeting £17 million over 2004-08 in young talent, primarily between the ages of 16 and 25. TASS 2012, a strand of TASS launched in 2005, targets funding at talented 12 to 18-year-olds with potential to win a medal in the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

DCMS has contributed £193 million over 2002-06 to the £459 million Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links (PESSCL) Strategy run jointly with DfES. Some £113 million of the £193 million has been channelled through Sport England and £80 million has been allocated to School Sport Partnerships directly. This funding is targeted directly at children and young people. See the following table.

DCMS PESSCL funding

£

2001-02

0

2002-03

43,000,000

2003-04

67,000,000

2004-05

38,000,000

2005-06

45,000,000

Significant lottery funding is also spent on DCMS priorities for sport and physical activity through the New Opportunities for PE and Sport (NOPES), the Active England Programme, and School Sports Co-ordinators. NOPES and School Sports Co-ordinators primarily benefit children and young people, whereas Active England benefits the whole community. The following table sets out the funding allocated through each of these programmes over the last five years.

£

NOPES

Active England1

School Sports Coordinators

2001-02

10,596,800

2002-03

72,921,857

5,556,286

2003-04

131,359,522

8,193,277

2004-05

262,961,886

57,095,000

7,475,404

2005-06

42,143,693

17,340,289

15,664,862

1 Sport England has also allocated £31.5 million to Active England.