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County Sports Partnership Lottery funding confirmed following successful year


Sport England has confirmed long-term National Lottery funding for all 49 county sports partnerships (CSPs) across the country. This follows a successful year in which they helped sports governing bodies to deliver their participation programmes and brought over £61 million of extra investment into sport.

£10 million of funding will be invested in CSPs in each of the next four years so that partnerships can continue their essential work helping governing bodies to make sport happen on the ground.

Through advocacy and influencing local partners, CSPs have helped to bring over £61 million into grassroots sport in 2009/10 alone.

“Sport England’s funding for county sports partnerships has helped them create a national network of consistent, reliable and focused organisations delivering real benefits for sport on the ground,” said Mike Diaper, Sport England’s Executive Director for Youth and Communities. “What’s important now is that the high-performance continues so that governing bodies get even better support in delivering their participation programmes.”

A review of the first year of Sport England’s funding revealed that CSPs are performing well.

There were six key findings:

NGBs are widely using CSP services

  • 97% of NGBs that responded are working with CSPs
  • 64% of NGBs were either satisfied or very satisfied that CSPs were delivering effectively (28% were neutral)
  • NGBs increasingly see CSPs as vital to connecting their sport to the local area and supporting the delivery of programmes.

Consistency is being achieved across all CSPs

  • NGBs reported that overall, they were seeing greater consistency of service across all CSPs.

The services provided by CSPs are right for sport

  • 83% of NGBs said they were satisfied that the services were what they needed
  • 100% of CSPs felt that the current services they provide reflect NGB need at local level.

CSPs are delivering effectively

  • Through advocacy and influence, CSPs have helped to bring £61.7 million into grassroots sport
  • Feedback from NGBs and local authorities was positive
  • CSPs are consistently performing well against their targets.

Local government is widely engaged with the CSP network

  • 98% of local authorities said they were working with their local CSP and 68% invest in them.

CSPs are effectively managing Sport England funding

  • All CSPs are managing investments from Sport England well.

“Securing four years’ investment from Sport England is a real boost for county sports partnerships in a challenging economic climate,” said Richard Saunders, Chair of the County Sports Partnership Network. “We now have a solid platform on which we can build over the next few years and ensure we continue to meet our partners’ needs. Our network has worked hard to provide high-quality and consistent services to governing bodies so I’m delighted that this has been reflected in future Lottery investment in our work.”

To find out more about county sports partnerships and the role they play in creating a world leading community sport environment, visit the County Sports Partnership Network website.

CSPs also help Sport England to successfully deliver a range of our grassroots sport programmes, including Sport Unlimited, Step into Sport and Playground to Podium. You can read more about these schemes on their dedicated pages on our website.