Sport England funding for England Athletics

Sport England funding for England Athletics

England Athletics is pleased to announce that it will receive £7.3million from Sport England towards delivery of its core strategic priorities during the period 2017-2021. Sport England had already in December also announced a specific “talent” award of up to £4.725m to athletics which will be used by both UKA and England Athletics to deliver its combined “pre-world class” coaching and athlete development plans for the next four years.

This Sport England funding of up to £12million for athletics and running in England is part of a £101 million investment for 25 governing bodies of sport which includes specific National Lottery and Government funding.

This latest funding award is a smaller award than was received from Sport England for the period 2013-2017. This was anticipated due to the shift in focus of the government’s new grassroots sports strategy, launched in December 2015 and followed in Spring 2016 by Sport England’s announcement of its related investment plan. We have planned for this reduction accordingly, working closely with our partners at Sport England in areas that are in our mutual interest.

England Athletics launched its new strategic plan in late 2016 following a period of consultation with our member clubs and this plan is directing all the decisions that we make and how we use our available resources. These priorities are:

  1. To expand the capacity of the sport by supporting and developing its volunteers and other workforce
  2. To sustain and increase participation and performance levels in our sport
  3. To influence participation in the wider athletics and running market

England Athletics Chief Executive Chris Jones said, "Sport England funding remains extremely important in enabling us to provide ongoing development support to the EA family, particularly our member clubs and in areas such as competition, coaching and athlete development, participation, schools and volunteer development. This latest funding announcement is welcomed news and we are extremely grateful for the continued support of Sport England during a period when the public sector is faced with significant financial challenges."

Sport England’s director of sport, Phil Smith, added: "Millions of people love sport and play it week in, week out. But like everyone, they’re susceptible to life getting in the way and disrupting habits, whether that’s a new job, having a baby or even getting injured.  England Athletics and all the governing bodies that we’ve announced our backing for have shown us how much they understand and are up for the challenge of keeping sport's regulars playing.

"I’ve been really impressed by the fresh approaches in their plans, the evidence they’ve gathered to back up their ideas and the enthusiasm they’ve shown for putting customers first."

Chris continued, "Besides the financial support from Sport England, our other income includes club affiliation, athlete registration, road race license, course and event fee income. Our ability to diversify our income streams will enable us to become more sustainable as an organisation and Sport England will continue to work closely with us to realise this goal. England Athletics will continue to work to secure new channels of revenue and resources to help deliver our priorities.

"Volunteers have always been, and will always be, fundamental to our sport and it is appropriate that they remain our number one priority in terms of how we focus the use of our resources. The sport has enjoyed unprecedented growth in recent years and this has been a result of a collective effort – in particular by our volunteers, but also involving other partners and it is important we work together to sustain and grow participation and continue the successes of the sport."

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