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Talented Athlete Programme

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people received funding from the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme in each year in which it has been running; and how much was allocated under the Scheme in each year. (159703)

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) was introduced in 2004. Details of the number of athletes it has supported and the level of funding are as follows:

Awards given

Funding (£ million)

Level of awards (£)

2004-05

920

3

1,500 or 3,000

2005-06

1,233

4

1,500, 3,000 or 10,000

2006-07

1,090

5

3,000 or 10,000

So far this year, more than 600 awards have been given.

In total, 2,714 athletes have received a TASS award during its first three years (as some athletes have received more than one annual award).