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Sports: Greater Manchester

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding he plans to provide for sport in Denton and Reddish constituency in 2009-10. (279771)

The Department has allocated Sport England £135.7 million of Exchequer funding in 2009-10. Sport England has targets to get one million people doing more sport by 2012-13, and to make a major contribution to the delivery of the five hour sports offer for children and young people. Denton and Reddish constituency will benefit, alongside every area of England, from Exchequer and Lottery investment by Sport England in 2009-10 in support of these targets.

In addition, Sport England have advised that the following initiatives support participation in sport in Denton and Reddish constituency.

(i) Free Swimming

Stockport Metropolitan borough council has signed up to Pot 1 of the free swimming programme, free swimming for the over-60s, and has been awarded £88,472 in this regard.

Tameside Metropolitan borough council has also signed up to Pot 1 and has been awarded £60,929.

(ii) Sport Unlimited

Sport Unlimited is an integral part of the Government's PE and Sport Strategy for Young People. The overall aim of Sport Unlimited is to increase opportunities for Children and Young People aged five to 19 to participate regularly in sport.

This project is in its second year (2009-10) of delivery. In Denton and Reddish approximately £8,750 will be put into Sport Unlimited activities during 2009-10.