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Sports: Young People

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government plans to take to encourage more young people to participate in Olympic sports. (225391)

The Government are working with a range of partners to get more people more active and encourage participation among young people in a range of physical activities including Olympic Sports. Following the publication of Sport England's new strategy, Sport England is working with 46 sports to develop funding submissions for the period 2009-13, which will set out ways in which those sports can contribute to a world-class community sports system in the UK. The 46 sports include all the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sports, and as part of the funding submissions sports will be asked to set out proposals for the talent development pathways.

Those sports able to demonstrate an ability to deliver against the talent development outcome will be commissioned to do so. Sport England officers have been guiding sports through the commissioning process, offering them significant technical input into the production of their funding submissions. This is to ensure that all sports fully understand the process and articulate as clearly as possible the potential of their sport to deliver against Sport England's strategic outcomes.

Sport England has also recently made awards totalling £4.5 million to support the Playground to Podium programme. This programme will provide a framework for people with a disability to benefit from high quality physical education in schools and high quality coaching and performance environments in the community. This will lead on to the Paralympic World Class Programmes for those athletes who have the ability and the desire.