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British Minister for Olympics and Sport announces groundbreaking grant for Magic Bus

English Premier League to support NGO with £600,000

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport today visited East Vinod Nagar in New Delhi, one of the sites of the innovative Magic Bus programme and announced a special grant of £600,000 for the NGO on behalf of the Premier League. Also present at the venue was Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the Premier League.

The visit also marked the launch of Premier Skills Phase IV, a programme in partnership between the British Council and the Premier League. The delegation, which also included Lord Sebastian Coe, nine time world Champion Sir Steve Redgrave, Olympian and renowned athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, got a first hand feel of hardships in the underprivileged community and how sports sessions conducted by Magic Bus have proved helpful in bringing about the behavioural change in the community and especially among the beneficiary children and youths.

The British delegation was met by Matthew Spacie, Founder Magic Bus and Pratik Kumar, the National Program Chief. After the event Matthew Spacie said, “This is a special moment and it is inspiring to be recognised for the work we are doing with underprivileged children. It is a unique experience for them to meet contemporary sports legends and their support will go a long way in helping us strengthen our work.”

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Published 28 July 2010