The National School Sport Strategy was launched in 2002. Initial funding focused on the school sport partnership infrastructure of partnership development managers, school sport coordinators and primary link teachers. Funding for competition managers began in 2005.
Grants, based on the number of competition managers and senior competition managers allocated to county areas, are passed to the host organisation, for example a school sport partnership.
The current grants envisage a salary of up to £30,000 for competition managers and £40,000 for senior competition managers, as well as up to £1,000 for professional development. However, it is for the host organisation to decide upon the precise salary, and training allocation. The Department does not hold this information centrally.
As part of their work, the Youth Sport Trust is also funded to provide central support and resources for the development of competition managers.
There are currently 90 competition managers in post comprising 67 competition managers and 23 senior competition managers.