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Sports: Leeds

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to encourage the development of sports centres in Leeds city area. (306978)

Through Sport England, our non-departmental public body with responsibility for community sport, we provide a range of facilities and planning services that are designed to develop strategic planning for sports facilities across England. Sport England ensures that the development of new sports facilities is underpinned by a robust needs and evidence base.

Sport England also aim to improve facility design and modernisation to raise standards across the sector, with a series of detailed design guidance notes.

From 2002-03 to the first six months of 2009-10 the total value of capital awards to Leeds was £731,464. This includes two awards to modernise swimming facilities within Leeds through the Free Swimming programme, and awards made to six projects to develop community clubs.

From 1994-95 to the first six months of 2009/20-10 the total value of capital awards to Leeds was £13,611,140.