The distributor of lottery funds to sport has today announced a £130m fund for sporting governing bodies in the UK. Funding is now split into two areas: 'community' and 'national'. It was formerly made up of 72 different 'investment streams'.

Sport England includes cycling as one of 20 sports to get prioritised funding

Key sports include ten Sport England priority sports: badminton, cricket, football, golf, hockey, netball, rugby union, rugby league, squash, and tennis; and ten UK Sport priority sports: athletics, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, gymnastics, judo, rowing, triathlon, sailing and swimming.

A statement from Sport England said future funding will be based on "a transparent business plan for each sport. Each governing body will be accountable for delivering the targets in its plans in order to receive – and continue receiving – funding."

All funding will remain the same in the run-up to the 2004 Athens Olympics. Funding thereafter will be synchronised with the Olympic four-year cycle, beginning in April 2005. The next round of funding will begin in April 2009.

Patrick Carter, chair of Sport England, said:

"Since taking office a year ago, my main objective was to simplify the confused picture of sport in England. We have researched how other nations have streamlined their sporting infrastructures and are applying lessons

learned to increase participation in England and become a successful sporting nation.

"Our investment strategy is under-pinned by reducing our funding streams from 75 to just two, one for community and one for national. In the national stream, we have allocated £130 million to 20 sports – those sports considered most important by the nation – to act as a driver for increased participation and sporting success.

"All sports we fund will be accountable for delivering opportunities for people to start in sport, to stay in sport and succeed in sport."

Roger Draper, Sport England’s CEO, said:

"A key focus of ours is to bring modern management techniques to sport in England. We will be working with the governing bodies to develop whole sport plans. These plans will present one vision for the whole sport – from playground to podium.

"All governing bodies will be accountable for delivering agreed sporting outcomes in return for the public funds they receive. We have a duty to monitor the effectiveness of these sporting investments."

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