Now that’s a legacy! Sport gets £0.5bn cash boost

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Sport England has announced a £493 million four-year investment to keep the inspiration of London 2012 alive.

The four-year investment is designed to help keep Lord Coe’s pledge that the Games would get more people – young and old, women and men – playing sport, a feat that no other host nation has ever managed to achieve.

All Olympic and Paralympic sports are among the 46 that will benefit from the investment and 31 sports will be receiving their largest ever investment in grassroots sports. That includes cycling, netball, wheelchair basketball and triathlon all receiving increases of over 30% reflecting their strong plans and excellent progress on grassroots sport.

Most notably, given that Stoke Mandeville is the spiritual home of the Paralympic movement, 40 sports have now developed detailed plans to tackle the challenge of making sport a practical lifestyle choice for disabled people.

At least 60% of the investment will support young people aged between 14 and 25 and more than £83 million will be used to support the development of talented young athletes. The four-year investment is designed to help keep Lord Coe’s pledge that the Games would get more people – young and old, women and men – playing sport, a feat that no other host nation has ever managed to achieve.

All Olympic and Paralympic sports are among the 46 that will benefit from the investment and 31 sports will be receiving their largest ever investment in grassroots sports. That includes cycling, netball, wheelchair basketball and triathlon all receiving increases of over 30% reflecting their strong plans and excellent progress on grassroots sport.

Most notably, given that Stoke Mandeville is the spiritual home of the Paralympic movement, 40 sports have now developed detailed plans to tackle the challenge of making sport a practical lifestyle choice for disabled people.

At least 60% of the investment will support young people aged between 14 and 25 and more than £83 million will be used to support the development of talented young athletes.