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Sport England and UK Sport to Merge


UK Sport and Sport England, the two bodies that distribute National Lottery money to sport, are to be merged, the government has announced.

UK Sport funds elite Olympic athletes and aims to develop promising sports stars while Sport England funds grassroots sports in terms of facilities and coaching.

The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, today announced the move as one of a number of mergers and abolitions of public bodies.

He said merging UK Sport and Sport England would "create a more effective structure to deliver elite sport success and a wider sports legacy from the 2012 Games".

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have similar funding bodies to Sport England and a statement from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: "Where proposed changes have implications for the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we will work closely with them to finalise proposals."

The merger has been on the cards since the election of the coalition government. The Conservatives' pre-election policy document promised to bring Sport England, UK Sport and the Youth Sports Trust under a single roof but to retain their separate identities.

The new organisation would be likely to have a single chairman and board but would share resources to cut costs and bureaucracy.

(Source: The Guardian)