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Sport Action Zones

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many sport action zones were planned in 1999-2000; how many were created in each year since then; how many are still operating; and if she will make a statement. (126496)

A total of 30 sport action zones were originally planned in two phases with the first 12 pilots being approved in 1999 and established in 2000-01. Funding for sport action zones ceased in 2006, but much of the work of the zones is continuing through Sport England’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) and the Community Sports Networks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the original budget was for sport action zones (SAZ) when they were announced in 1999-2000 for each of the 10 planned years of investment; how much was spent on SAZs in each year to date; how much her Department plans to spend on SAZs in each of the next four financial years; and if she will make a statement. (126497)

In 2000 Sport England announced a package of £750 million investment over 10 years in community sport which included funding for 12 designated sport action zones. The figure for the total spent in each year is not available, but core funding for each zone totalled £350,000 over the five years of planned investment. A further £1.998 million magnet funding was also awarded to the scheme. Any future investment in sport action zones has been mainstreamed through Sport England’s Community Investment Fund (CIF).