Eleven NGB’s Call for Funding Changes
Eleven national governing bodies of sports in the UK are calling for a major overhaul of UK Sport’s investment strategy, following its funding awards for the 2020 Olympic cycle.
The 11 governing bodies include Archery GB, Baseball Softball UK, British Basketball, British Fencing, British Handball, British Volleyball, British Weightlifting, British Wrestling, Badminton England and GB Wheelchair Rugby. In collaboration they have written to new UK Sport Chairman Dame Katherine Grainger and have called for a review into the funding of their elite programmes in order to give their athletes a fair chance to compete for medals at the Olympics and Paralympics.
They have proposed that UK Sport should adopt a revised investment model with the following tiered support structure:
· Every sport to receive a base level of funding for support for athletes and to include a coach, programme manager and a core competition programme
· Gold sports to receive full investment where medal success is very likely
· Silver sports to receive support if there is a recognised medal opportunity
· Bronze sports to receive a baseline investment to enable a reasonable level of programme management
· Every sport to be allocated funding to enable them to continue with their International Relations aspirations
In return for this proposed restructure, each sport will agree to clear and measurable targets.
UK Sport’s incoming chair, Dame Katherine Grainger, told the BBC: "If I were in their shoes I'd be doing the same. In any organisation, you do everything you can to protect the athletes. So when that funding is cut you'd do anything to get that back."
The full manifesto released by the 11 sports can be found here.
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