Sport England Awards Extra Funding

February 7, 2017

Sport England has awarded a further £101m of funding to 25 sports. The funding is prescribed by the government and National Lottery, and follows a prior award of £88m to increase grassroots development.

Netball were the biggest beneficiaries, taking home £16.9m in funding as they prepare for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool. Rugby, table tennis, tennis and athletics also received substantial sums of over £7m apiece.

The Football Association has been awarded £5.6m for its disability and women’s development programmes, but the full award to the body has yet to be secured.

Both UK Sport and Sport England provide sport funding: however, UK Sport provides elite-level funding, whilst Sport England focuses mainly on systemic development of sports from grassroots level.

Sport England, which receives about three quarters of its funding from the lottery with the rest coming from general taxation, will distribute £1bn over the next four years to mass participation sport, with about a third of that going directly to national governing bodies.