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Sports: East Sussex

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many community sports coaches there are in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex; and what steps he is taking to increase the number of such coaches. (151403)

Sussex County Sports Partnership advise that there are 41 Community Sports Coach posts in East Sussex. Eight of these posts are in Eastbourne and a further eight of these posts operate on a county wide basis.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) also provide grants to School Sports Partnerships (SSPs) to enable them to employ Community Sports Coaches. Three SSPs in East Sussex have received grants in 2007-08—Beacon/North Wealdon, Dorothy Stringer and William Parker.

Confirmation of continued DCMS funding for Community Sports Coaches is subject to the Comprehensive Spending Review. Further DCSF funding for coaches will be available from 2008-09 to deliver the five hour offer of sport to children and young people.