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Sports: Milton Keynes

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 Milton Keynes in 2009-10. (280346)

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. Milton Keynes 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 there are a number of initiatives to support participation in sport in Milton Keynes:

(i) Free swimming

Milton Keynes unitary authority has opted in to the U16 and Over 60 Free Swimming Programme and has received £196,525 (£46,740 for pot 1 and £149,785 for pot 2) in this regard. The local authorities that have opted to offer the scheme to both age groups have also received a share of a £10 million capital fund to spend on modernising or improving pool provision. Milton Keynes received £68,116.

Those local authorities that will offer free swimming to both age groups also stand to benefit from a further £25 million capital challenge fund in both 2008-09 and 2010-11 to spend on improving pool facilities. Milton Keynes has been awarded:

£180,000 towards the modernisation of Middleton Pool;

£60,985 towards the modernisation of Wroughton Leisure Centre; and

£200,000 towards the Stantonbury Campus Pool Modernisation Project.

(ii) Sport Unlimited

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

In Milton Keynes, approximately £38,464 is currently assigned this financial year to deliver projects across the city.

(iii) Step into Sport

Step into Sport focuses on young people aged 14 to 19, giving them opportunities to become involved in sports leadership and volunteering and encouraging them to continue this into later life.

The programme is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as part of the PESSYP strategy, which is revitalising PE and school sport across the country. Step into Sport in Milton Keynes has been awarded £5,500.