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Sports: North East

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking in conjunction with Sport England to promote sport participation projects in the North East to meet regional priorities on health and well-being. (245859)

The Legacy Action Plan commits to getting 2 million people more active by 2012, and Sport England will deliver 1 million of these through sport. The remaining 1 million is a cross Government target, and Sport England will contribute by making wide links with those involved in promoting physical activity, such as primary care trusts and local authorities, as a platform for many people to become involved in sport.

Sport England is also funding a Facilities Improvement Service designed to assist selected local authorities with their planning tools and ensure that they take a strategic view of facility provision. This service is currently working with Middlesbrough and Gateshead councils. Sport England will additionally invest up to £10 million per year of capital funding in projects to promote a sustainable approach to community facilities throughout the country, including the north east region.