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Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the RFU’s Community Club Development Programme during its first three years of operation; and if she will make a statement. (107483)

[holding answer 4 December 2006]: £100 million of Community Club Development Programme (CCDP) funding is available to 19 National Sports Governing Bodies.

Since 2003, the Rugby Football Union has awarded £10.6 million of CCDP funding to over 160 sports facility projects.

Early findings from Sport England’s monitoring and evaluation of CCDP indicate average linked increases in participation rates (31 per cent.); club membership (28 per cent.); coaching (64 per cent.); and number of volunteers (64 per cent.).