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Sport England

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment (a) his Department and (b) Sport England has made of the performance of the 12 trailblazer projects that piloted Sport England’s £36 million Sport Unlimited programme; and if he will publish those assessments; (224050)

(2) how many children were offered five hours of quality sport a week in each of the 12 trailblazer projects that piloted Sport England’s £36 million Sport Unlimited programme.

DCMS has not made a formal assessment of the 12 trailblazer projects.

However, Sport England has advised that it is currently collating a full report on the delivery of sport unlimited activities by the trailblazers during the summer term 2008. This will be published on the Sport England website in October 2008.

Early highlights include:

Almost 10,000 children took part in activities organised by the 12 Trailblazer County Sport Partnerships in term 1. Of these, 6,747 met the ‘retain’ target of attending at least 60 per cent. of sessions.

The average retention rate across all the Trailblazer CSPs was 69 per cent.