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Sport: Medicine

Volume 690: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people are working for UK Sport's sports science and sports medicine fast-track practitioners programme; how many are qualified doctors; what is their remit; and what is the 2007 budget for the programme. [HL2519]

UK Sport's sports science and sports medicine fast-track practitioners programme is a partnership with the national governing bodies of sport, with the remit to improve the delivery of key sports science and sports medicine services to high-performance athletes. It aims to develop a pool of elite practitioners, ensuring that we have a sufficient number as we move towards 2012 and beyond.

Two UK Sport employees co-ordinate the programme as part of their wider responsibilities. There are also a further eight course tutors drawn from various partner organisations, including the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association. Of the tutors, one is qualified to doctorate level.

The budget for the programme in 2006-07 is £380,000.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

From which Olympic governing bodies they have received requests to establish (a) a sports technology and innovation programme; (b) a sports performance programme consultants team; and (c) a sports medicine fast-track practitioners programme. [HL2520]

UK Sport has not received any requests from Olympic governing bodies to establish the range of programmes mentioned. Rather, the provision by UK Sport of these programmes was contained within UK Sport's successful submission for funding to provide high-performance support to Olympic and Paralympic governing bodies in the build-up to London 2012.

With reference to the programmes:

(a) 11 Olympic sports are currently benefiting from the technology and innovation programme;

(b) 33 receive support from UK Sport's performance programme consultants team; and

(c) 10 are currently supported by practitioners working with their sport from within the sports institute network on the sports science/sports medicine fast-track programme.