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Taking a tough approach

March 31, 2014

The outcomes of Sport England’s first Payment for Results review, which looks at the performance of sport governing bodies, were announced this week.

A total of £2.8 million of funding has been withdrawn from the Football Association, England Golf Partnership, England Netball, England Hockey, British Mountaineering Council and British Rowing, all of which have seen the number of people who play their sport fall.

“I want these decisions to send a clear message to those NGBs who need to change, said Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive.

“This year, we are removing up to 10 per cent of their future investment, and we will be working with them to improve their plans. I want to reassure people who play those sports that they won’t lose out – we will still fund them, but through other bodies, such as local authorities or charities.”

Around half of Sport England’s total funding is invested in 46 NGBs to grow their sport. Under the Payment for Results process, their performance is reviewed annually to ensure they are delivering results and value for the public money they receive. >>more