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National Lottery funding confirmed for school sport competition

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Sport England has announced that, following a public consultation, up to £35.5 million of National Lottery investment will be made available between 2010-15 to stage the first three cycles of the new Olympic/Paralympic style school sport competition.

£15.5 million of National Lottery funding will be invested between 2010-13 to stage the first cycle of the competition which will give every child in England, and hopefully Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, the chance to take part in competitive sport. Going forward, future years will have up to £10 million of Lottery funding available.

The new competition is a key part of the Government’s plans for a lasting sporting legacy from hosting the London 2012 Games, and aims to harness the power of the Olympics and Paralympics to inspire a generation of young people to get involved in competitive sport.

The Olympic/Paralympic style school sport competition will be run as a package of events and activities - rather than a single event - and the first national final will take place 2012.

“We are pleased to announce that National Lottery funding will be available to deliver the school sport competition, with investment secured until 2015,” said Sport England’s Director of Youth and Communities, Mike Diaper. “The new competition will give children and young people across the country the chance to play sport with their classmates and represent their schools in a competitive nationwide event.”

The competition will run at four levels:

  • Intra-school competition
  • Inter-school competition
  • County festivals of sport
  • A national event

Funding for each stage of the competition will be delivered through a combination of open and solicited funding and we will begin to start putting the funding awards in place to deliver the four stages.

You can find out more about the various stages of the competition and read the full consultation report by visiting the competitive school sport pages on the Sport England website