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.
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).