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Cricket: Schools

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what undertakings his Department gave to the England and Wales Cricket Board on Chance to Shine funding during the formation of the National Sports Foundation; and what steps his Department has taken to fulfil these undertakings as part of the new Sport England Strategy. (246121)

[holding answer 12 January 2009]: Sport England invested £2 million in the Cricket Foundation's ‘Chance to Shine’ programme between November 2005 and March 2007. The formation of the National Sports Foundation led to an agreement that ‘Chance to Shine’ would receive investment of £2.5 million for the 2007-08 financial year. The National Sports Foundation has now been wound-down and its funds integrated with the new Whole Sport Plans. As a result ‘Chance to Shine’ will be funded through the ECB's Whole Sport Plan. The details of this plan, like the plans of all national governing bodies, are still under discussion and will be finalised in due course.