Between 2013 and 2017, Sport England are investing a total of almost £500 million into 46 NGBs who have submitted whole sport plans that will create opportunities for more people to play community sport, and facilitate the development of talented athlete pathways.
Sport England are committed to funding the sport of swimming over the period 2013-17. In December 2012 it invested £6 million over four years to support talented athletes across the aquatic disciplines (swimming, diving, disability swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo). It also invested £3.5 million over one year for participation.
In January this year (2014), Sport England set out its plans for future investment in six key sports – basketball, tennis, swimming, table tennis, squash and fencing. As part of this they have announced a further one-year investment of £3.5 million into the ASA to increase the number of people who swim regularly.
We have a strong three year plan, in which we are confident. Results from Sport England’s most recent Active People survey point to an upward trend in participation over the last two years, with a net gain of 125,000 participants in the sport, which suggests we are moving in the right direction. – ASA Director of Get People Swimming, Paul Davies.
The number of people swimming at least 30 minutes once a week currently stands at 2.93 million (2,934,200).
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