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Lacrosse: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was allocated to British elite lacrosse players in each of the last five years. (203622)

Lacrosse was identified as a ‘development sport’, due primarily to its potential to help people to start and continue to participate in sport. The English Lacrosse Association (ELA) submitted its Whole Sport Plan and was awarded £1.26 million for the four year period 2005-09. While the funding was primarily provided to grow and sustain grassroots participation in the sport, the English Lacrosse Association could, and indeed has, utilised some of the funding to support its England teams. It is for the ELA to decide how to utilise and deploy its Whole Sport Plan funding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England spent on supporting the development of lacrosse in each of the last five years. (203623)

Sport England has spent the following amounts in the last five years supporting lacrosse.

Spent

2003-04

150,833

2004-05

299,000

2005-06

289,333

2006-07

297,000

2007-08

485,598

Total

1,521,764

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when (a) he and (b) a Minister in his Department last met the English Lacrosse Association to discuss (i) funding of and (ii) participation in the sport. (203624)

Since their respective arrivals in post, none of the current Ministers in DCMS have met with the English Lacrosse Association.