Under round 3 of the new opportunities fund's funding programme, a total of £87 million is being made available in Scotland under the new opportunities for physical education and sport initiative. Of that money, 25 per cent is available for out-of-school-hours activities. In addition, a further £2.8 million was awarded to sportscotland to manage and deliver the fund's programme for out-of-school-hours learning and school sport co-ordinators.
I welcome that funding. What steps are the minister and the Executive taking to ensure continued funding for Scottish initiatives and, in particular, to support investment in sport initiatives for young people in my constituency, such as skateboarding and golf coaching, which are currently being developed?
On community initiatives, part of the new opportunities fund—and indeed of the Community Fund itself—is a fair share initiative, which is designed to encourage more community applications for the sort of projects that Marilyn Livingstone mentioned. The current round of new opportunities fund funding is ideal for such applications. The latest round of applications for the out-of-school initiative closes on 15 April and I suggest that the projects that she mentioned are of a sort that should apply for that funding.
The north-east is not necessarily doing anything wrong. The money is not allocated on a geographical basis. The funds can respond only to the applications that are received.
Scotland gets 11.5 per cent of the new opportunities fund and the Community Fund. That is higher than the share per head of population in the United Kingdom as a whole, so Scotland does relatively well out of the funds. I have no answer for the north-east of Scotland, but the share is down to the number of applications. That is what the funds will respond to.