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"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.


The leader of London's bid to win the 2012 Olympics and young sports stars who are hoping to compete in the games met the Prime Minister at a Downing Street reception celebrating the big contribution sport makes to life in Britain. [19 July 2004]

Tessa Jowell launches new online database of more than 10,000 sports facilities in England.[12 July 2004]

Around 40,000 amateur sports clubs across the United Kingdom are missing out on tax benefits, reduced business rates and gift aid which could reach an astonishing 148m. [16 June 2004]


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facts and figures

The Government will be investing 62 million in the development of grass roots football, and the sport's community and education initiatives, over the four years to 2004 through the Football Foundation.

World Class Programme Funding
Overall approximately 60 million per annum is awarded under the World Class Programme.
UK Sport awards approximately 25 million per annum for the World Class Performance and Events Programme
Sport England awards approximately 35 million per annum for the World Class Performance, Potential, Start and Events Programme.
Up to 31 March 2001 awards of 181.9 million had been made under the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) administered bu UK Sport and Sport England and over 35 sports had benefited.
Up to 31 March 2001 awards of over 55 million had been made under the Potential and Start Programme administered By Sport England.