Sports: Facilities

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th January 2016.

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Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigns Chair

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding streams are available from government bodies to support the upkeep of grassroots sports facilities; and what proportion of such funding was allocated to each region in each of the last three years.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

It is the duty of sports clubs to maintain, budget for and carry out maintenance on their facilities. However, Government recognises that renovated spaces in which to play sport can make a significant difference, and increase participation. Through Sport England's Inspired Facilities fund, Government has invested over £110 million of National Lottery funding to renovate and modernise over 2000 sport clubs. In addition, £21 million of National Lottery has been used to protect and improve more than 1,100 pitches. Since 2010, Sport England has invested £129,977 in 13 grassroots sports projects in Leeds North West. This includes an Inspired Facilities investment of £37,833 in Otley Sailing Club to improve both the clubhouse facilities and access to the jetty for disabled sailors.

Table 1: Regional breakdown of Sport England investment through Protecting Playing Fields and Inspired Facilities, 2012- present day

Protecting Playing Fields (Rounds 1-7, 2012 – present)

Inspired Facilities (Rounds 1–8, 2012 – present)

Regions

No of Awards

Total Investment

No of Awards

Total Investment

North East

63

£ 3,165,009

177

£ 10,086,815

North West

77

£ 4,223,977

247

£ 13,637,131

Yorkshire

60

£ 3,188,099

199

£ 10,631,886

West Midlands

50

£ 2,405,864

221

£ 12,183,197

East Midlands

40

£ 2,124,497

208

£ 11,397,255

East

25

£ 1,376,112

224

£ 11,698,887

South East

43

£ 2,118,338

391

£ 20,737,195

London

22

£ 1,032,527

118

£ 6,985,902

South West

35

£ 1,789,543

260

£ 13,390,014

TOTAL

415

£ 21,423,966

2045

£ 110,748,282

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