Football: Females

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 27th April 2021.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2021 to Question 163699 on Football: Females, how much and what proportion of the funding under Sports England's (a) Uniting the Movement strategy and (b) Community Emergency Fund has been allocated to (i) women and girls football teams and (ii) men and boys football teams.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Government remains committed to encouraging more women and girls to get active and helping women’s sport emerge from the current crisis stronger than ever. This is an important opportunity to create a long-lasting legacy for women’s and girl’s sport and the Government is determined that women’s sport is protected as we emerge from the pandemic.

Sport England’s new strategy, Uniting the Movement, has already committed an extra £50m to boost grassroots sports clubs and organisations - including women’s and girl’s football. Sport England expects to build on this investment as the implementation of the strategy progresses.

Sport England is also investing £24.6m in The Football Association over the course of 2016-21 for its work on grassroots participation, the football talent pathway, and coaching programmes. Within this, £2.6m is specifically reserved for women and girls talent programmes.

The Community Emergency Fund - part of Sport England’s COVID-19 support package - has delivered more than £5.38m of National Lottery funding for Association Football supporting both men’s and women’s football, and across Sport England’s COVID Support Package, £10,488,255 has been provide for 1,558 Association Football projects, benefitting all ages and genders.

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