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Sport England decision on reduction of funding for England Basketball

Published: 28th March 2011 22:58

The Board of Sport England has decided to reduce the funding available to England Basketball by £1.2 million.

England Basketball's four-year funding had been structured to incentivise a greater commitment, and improved approach, to increasing participation in the sport outside its core affiliated clubs and members. The maximum award therefore included £1.2 million which was available only if England Basketball was able to produce a robust strategy for growing the whole sport.

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The Board of Sport England has concluded that England Basketball's plans do not adequately address the challenge of increasing participation beyond the governing body's current audiences.

Sport England's Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: "England Basketball has not demonstrated the necessary focus on improving its plans for increasing participation, despite continued support and encouragement to do so. This was an important factor in our decision."

As a result of the decision, England Basketball's ‘whole sport plan' revenue funding will not see the potential increase over the next two years. Subject to performance, it will now remain at its current level of £1.35 million per year until March 31 2013. The total amount being de-committed by Sport England is £1.2 million.

Jennie Price added: "The Board has not taken this decision lightly, but from the outset of this funding period Sport England has been clear that poor performance would lead to a governing body's overall funding levels being reviewed.

"As an investor of public funds, we have a responsibility to ensure that our investment is properly managed and delivers value for money. We remain firmly committed both to the sport of basketball and to working with England Basketball on our remaining investment to support the development of the sport."

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