Sports participation

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Funding Sport England

The government funds Sport England, the organisation that decides how to invest government and National Lottery funding to help people across England create a sporting habit for life.

Sport England invests money in facilities, schemes and training programmes that make it easier for more people to play sport and develop their talent. Between 2012 and 2017, Sport England will receive £1 billion from the government and National Lottery funding to invest in projects that will:

  • help more people have a sporting habit for life
  • create more opportunities for young people to play sport
  • nurture and develop talent
  • provide the right facilities in the right places
  • support local authorities and unlock local funding
  • ensure real opportunities for communities

Youth sport

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘Youth sport strategy’ gives more detail about what Sport England is doing to increase sports participation in the 14 to 25 year old age group, including:

  • improving links between schools and community sports clubs
  • giving funds to National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) to create new opportunities in sport for young people
  • investing in sports facilities, including providing funding for schools to open their sports facilities to the public
  • providing funding for local community clubs, for example to set up sustainable Door-Step Clubs, which take sports to where young people live.

More information

Sport England’s Active People survey measures participation in sport and physical education. Read our news story about the results.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s ‘Taking part’ survey series measures participation in sport, culture and leisure activity.