"My ambition for sport in the UK is to start a twenty year process of re-establishing this country as a powerhouse in the sporting world". Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in Game Plan: a strategy for delivering Government's Sport and Physical Activity Objectives, December 2002.
To achieve this the Government is investing £2 billion of public and National Lottery money in sport by 2006, including:
- £100 million in our medal hopefuls for the Athens Olympics in 2004
- £459 million in school sport.
Sport is very powerful both in the pursuit of excellence and helping to tackle social and health problems.
The Government, led by the DCMS, aims to provide better sporting opportunities at every level, from the playground to the podium.