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Sport England funding slashed in Spending Review

Sport England’s grant funding for the next four years has been cut by 33 per cent in the 2010 Spending Review.

It’s also had its capital grant budget slashed by 40 per cent.

Described as a ‘significant cut’ by Sport England, the organisation said it understood the government has had to make difficult decisions, and its job is to protect and prioritise the frontline of community sports as much as it can.

Sport England went on to say that the funding cut will be tough for those who love sport and give up their time working in clubs as coaches and volunteers to help others take part in sport activities.

It aims to achieve the 33 per cent savings by reducing administration costs by 50 per cent by March 2015; reducing its grant in aid budget for national governing bodies for the 2013-2017 funding cycle by up to 15 per cent; and reducing its grant in aid budget for most of the other organisations it funds, including national partners, by around 30 per cent over the next four years.

“Today’s announcement is tough for grassroots sport, and in particular the coaches, volunteers and clubs in communities across the country,” says Jennie Price, Sport England’s chief executive.

“We recognise however that these are challenging times for everyone.

“In our discussions with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport we underlined the importance of protecting our core investment in 46 sports, and I am pleased that this is reflected in our settlement.

“We also welcome the government’s Lottery reforms, which will bring considerable additional funding into grassroots sport.

“Sport England’s priority is a simple one: ensuring as many people as possible play sport.

“With less grant in aid funding available, it is more important than ever that each pound reaches right down to the grassroots.”

Sport England’s grant in aid funding for the four years in question will be as follows:

• 2011/12 – £95million.
• 2012/13 – £94million.
• 2013/14 – £88million.
•2014/15 – £86million.

UK Sport, the government agency responsible for the distribution of National Lottery funding to elite athletes, was another casualty of the Spending Review.

Its funding was also cut – by 28 per cent for the period 2011-2015.

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