Sport England Grassroots Funding for Hockey 2009-2013

UK Sport recently announced the funding for elite sport for preparation for the 2012 Olympics. That funding is strictly ring fenced for the preparation of the England and Great Britain international teams.

Yesterday Sport England announced an investment of £480 million for the period 2009-2013 to deliver grassroots sporting opportunities and a lasting Olympic legacy of one million people playing more sport.  46 sports, including all 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports, have been awarded funding on the basis of their ability to increase the number of people playing and enjoying sport, and to create development pathways for those with talent.

England Hockey has secured £11.5m for the four year period from April 1st 2009.  This is an uplift in funding from the previous four years and includes both revenue funding for operating the National Governing Body and capital funding for investment into facilities.  Precise details of the amount for capital projects are not clear yet; they will be available in the New Year.

Executive Chairman Philip Kimberley was delighted with the news: “We have developed a strong relationship with Sport England in recent times to secure this funding for the next four years and are delighted that they have recognised the strength of our plans for the sport.  On top of the recent elite funding announced by UK Sport, this Sport England funding provides us with the financial resources to deliver our grass roots development plans.”

England Hockey began its strategic planning for the period April 2009 to March 2013 earlier this year and submitted a comprehensive grass roots development plan to Sport England in October detailing how they would deliver against Sport England’s objectives of Grow, Sustain and Excel.  The key elements of this plan will be shared with ‘the hockey family’ at the forthcoming road shows that are set to take place in the spring (dates and venues available in January 2009).