Netball, rugby union and table tennis to receive large grants from Sport England

This week Sport England announced it has awarded an extra £101m of National Lottery and government funding to the governing bodies of 25 sports, including netball.

This latest announcement follows the £88m invested back in December for 26 sports to deliver grassroots schemes.

Netball is set to receive £16.9m, while rugby union, table tennis and athletics are also set to benefit. However, the Football Association (FA) will have to wait and find out how much funding it will receive over the next four years.

The FA has been allocated £5.6m for its disability and women’s development programmes, but a decision on the full award has been left pending. From 2013-2017, football’s governing body received £30m from Sport England.

The funding allocated to netball comes as England’s national side begin their preparations for the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool.

CEO Joanna Adams said England Netball was “extremely pleased” Sport England had “recognised the work and progress that has been made”.

She added: “Sport England’s investment will allow us to continue to develop new and exciting initiatives and has also reinforced the importance of maximising the funding model and growing commercial income.”

GB Basketball, which had its UK Sport funding withdrawn in 2014, received £1m for the national team and a further £4.7m going towards basketball development in England.

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: “National governing bodies have an important role to play in strengthening sport at the grassroots, bringing new participants in, keeping people involved by offering a great experience and developing the next generation of talent.”

“This investment of over £100m from the government and National Lottery will help boost community sport and have a positive impact on people’s lives.” She added.

The full sport-by-sport breakdown can be found here.

Source: BBC Sport

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