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ASA chief executive welcomes Sport England funding announcement

17 December 2012

David Sparkes, the Chief Executive of The ASA, has welcomed Sport England’s £20m funding announcement for the next four years.

The ASA will receive funding of £20m from 2013 until 2017 to get more people participating in aquatic sports. This figure represents a stand-still budget.

"Olympic talent takes time to develop and there is still lots of hard work to do, but it will be our priority to drive this forward over the coming months," - David SparkesOf this amount £6m will be awarded to Talent showing continued confidence in the ASA’s talent programmes looking ahead to both the Olympics and Paralympics 2016.

The remaining £14m will be awarded to Participation, with subject to a one-year investment of £3.5m and a further investment of £10.5m for 2015, 2016 and 2017 providing the numbers participating in swimming continue to grow.

Commenting David Sparkes, Chief Executive of the ASA said, “We are delighted to have received this award today. We remain confident that our talent programmes will deliver results in the Olympic arena in 2016 that we have seen in the Paralympics 2012.

"Olympic talent takes time to develop and there is still lots of hard work to do, but it will be our priority to drive this forward over the coming months."

He continued: "While we are disappointed with the one-year investment for participation we are encouraged by the confidence Sport England has shown in our plans to increase swimming participation levels over the next four years.

"We will continue to work with the industry and our partners over the next four years to see a positive growth in both the number of people swimming both recreationally and in our clubs.”

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