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British Bob Skeleton Association: Finance

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria are used in deciding whether to fund a national sport governing body; whether recognition of that body by the international federation of that sport is taken into account; and how the criteria were applied in the case of the British Bob Skeleton Association. (159239)

The criteria used by Sport England to determine whether a national sports governing body received whole sport or one stop plan funding between 2005-09 was based on the sport's current ability to deliver mass participation and elite performance and the potential ability to deliver growing levels of participation and strong elite performance.

The criteria used by UK Sport to decide whether to fund a national sport governing body through the world class performance programme are principally based on performance evidence—a combination of the past results and future medal potential of its athletes.

For both Sport England and UK Sport recognition of that body by the international federation of that sport is taken into account, but is not in itself a determining factor. Additionally, under UK Sport's criteria, the right to compete in events under international federation control is essential

In the case of the British Bob Skeleton Association, the decision to fund its current world class performance programme was based primarily on its being our most successful winter sport in recent years, having won a medal at both the Salt Lake City and Turin Winter Olympic Games.