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Sports: Manpower

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the 10,000 voluntary community sports coaches announced on 24 September are (a) additional to and (b) distinct from the young volunteers trained to work in schools and community clubs and trained adult mentors announced as part of the Game Plan strategy in 2003; and if he will make a statement. (156279)

The 10,000 voluntary Community Sports Coaches announced on the 24 September will be additional to and distinct from the young volunteers and leaders supported by the Step into Sport scheme which is part of the National School Sport Strategy.

Game Plan was published as a strategy document in December 2002. The Government have used it to inform their policy on sport where appropriate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) from which areas the 10,000 voluntary community sports coaches, announced on 24 September, will be recruited; (156280)

(2) when he expects the 10,000 voluntary community sports coaches, announced on 24 September, to (a) be recruited and (b) begin their coaching activities; and what steps his Department plans to take to (i) encourage, (ii) monitor and (iii) audit and account for progress with this initiative;

(3) which national governing bodies will be responsible for recruiting the 10,000 voluntary community sports coaches announced on 24 September; how much each such body will receive; how much of the £5 million announced for the initiative will be allocated to (a) Sports Coach UK and (b) Sport England; and when the funding will be made available to each responsible body.

We are working on detailed plans with Sport England, Youth Sport Trust and sports coach UK to start the recruitment of 10,000 volunteer sports coaches from April 2008, in the most deprived areas.