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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on the promotion of (a) handball and (b) boccia to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (256575)

Sport England have advised that they recently awarded £645,300 to the British Handball Association and £812,041 to CP Sport to develop the sport of boccia, during the period 2009-13. Sport England will shortly be holding discussions with the two bodies regarding how they will utilise this funding but will be looking to the sports to strengthen the governance arrangements (including the formation of a new English governing body for boccia), develop the club and coaching structures at grass roots level and to develop talent support systems to ensure more talented players can move on to elite programmes and achieve international success.

CP Sport is also in receipt of an award of £56,532 as part of the Playground to Podium programme to develop disability talent pathways in boccia for one year up to October 2009. Sport England will review further Playground to Podium funding to boccia following the formation of the new governing body.