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Sports: Public Participation

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to (a) increase levels of participation in sport and (b) improve the provision of sporting facilities, with particular reference to the North East. (244671)

The information is as follows:

(a) Sport England have developed a strategy to create a world leading community sport system. This strategy will deliver 1 million more people playing sport by 2012. As part of this process Sport England have been working closely with 46 national governing bodies (NGBs) to develop new Whole Sport Plans, giving the experts in each sport the opportunity to shape its strategic direction.

(b) Sport England are 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.