DEADLINE LOOMS FOR FUNDING CONSULTATION

The basketball fraternity have been urged to lobby UK Sport to ensure the sport has a shot at funding post-2020.

The government agency’s ten-week consultation over its future investment principles and how best to inspire the nation through elite success closes next Sunday with the public asked to feedback on how they want funding to be deployed.

Following record breaking medal hauls in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games – and with British teams on track to achieve more medals from more medallists in Tokyo 2020 – respondents will be asked to consider how to build on this success and meet the Government’s ambitious vision in its Sports Strategy of using high performance sport to promote inspiration, participation, economic growth and social impacts such as on physical and mental health in society.

Questions to be considered include:
• How sports and athletes are prioritised for future investment, whether that is athletes with the strongest medal potential regardless of whether they are Olympic or Paralympic, summer or winter
• Sports with the greatest public access to participation or those with the widest social reach and impact
• How to ensure there continues to be parity given to Paralympic as well as Olympic sport; summer and winter
• How best to utilise funded athletes as community and national role models; how to balance support for lesser-funded minority or developing sports with funding for those with larger commercial potential
• Whether to target other sports beyond the Olympic and Paralympic stable.

“The success of the UK’s high performance sport system since the advent of National Lottery funding in the 1990s has been nothing short of remarkable,” UK Sport chair Dame Katherine Grainger said. “The challenge now is how we build on that success, aiming for even more inspirational impact on the UK as a whole. Financially there will always be a limit to the public funding available, whether that is National Lottery or exchequer funding and so that means there are no easy answers when it comes to decisions.

“What is clear is that the UK Sport Board and I do not come at this with any preconceived conclusions other than that we believe in the power and inspiration of British sport. We look forward to receiving people’s views and welcome what we hope will be a lively, respectful and worthwhile debate.”

The consultation – and feedback – can be provided here.

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