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Sport England awards funding for Diving and Para-swimming

Sport England has today (16 December) announced a portfolio of investments and new funding opportunities, including awards for two aquatics disciplines.

Following successful submission bids, the Para-swimming and Diving talent programmes were awarded £850,000 and £750,000 respectively. This will help both programmes to develop and provide more opportunities to support the next generation of athletes.

Bids for the other aquatics disciplines and the core market will be announced in February.

The announcement follows publication of the latest Sport England Active People Survey (APS) which showed that swimming had seen an increase in participation, particularly in the over 45s.

ASA Interim Chief Executive, Jane Nickerson, said: “We welcome the award from Sport England today and their continued confidence in the ASA’s talent programmes in Para-swimming and Diving.

“We will continue to focus our efforts and expertise to grow and develop these programmes, providing the opportunity for more young people to realise their potential and help those who reach the appropriate performance level to eventually transition into the British Swimming programme.

“We look forward to the decision on the remaining disciplines in the new year.”

Nearly £88 million of National Lottery and Government funding has so far been invested in 26 sport national governing bodies (NGBs). The funding will be released in April 2017 and follows detailed discussions with Sport England about the contributions NGBs can make to their new strategy.

Minister for sport, Tracey Crouch, said: “Grassroots sports develops the stars of the future which is why we are investing almost £90 million to help the governing bodies that run them.

“Participation levels in sports are rising and we want to maintain that momentum by allowing governing bodies to bid for extra investment from Sport England for specific projects that will encourage people to get involved and bring communities together.”