British Volleyball receives funding from UK Sport, who are responsible for managing and distributing public investment, and are a statutory distributor of funds raised by the National Lottery. Accountable to Parliament through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, UK Sport's work is directed by the Board, which meets every two months.
On 11th April 2006, British Volleyball were awarded £4.04m for the Olympic cycle ending on 31st March 2009.
On 3rd December 2008 British Volleyball expected to receive the decision as to the size of the award for the Olympic cycle 2009-2013, however this was delayed until 29th January2009 following a £50m shortfall due to the global economic crisis that had arisen. The new award was set at £2.13m.
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Athlete funding for eight Olympic and four Paralympic sports was confirmed today by UK Sport, the nation’s high performance sport agency. At the same time it announced details of additional funding that has been secured to underpin this investment.
The announcements follow on from major decisions made in December, as UK Sport seeks to maximize medal prospects whilst ensuring that all sports have a chance of competing at London 2012. They bring the total invested in the World Class Performance Programme to £304 million, compared with the £265 million of public money for athletes competing in Beijing.
In December a total of £292 million was invested as UK Sport confirmed its overall target as top four in the Olympic medals table and second in the Paralympic in four years time. However, a £50 million private sector shortfall in the investment in the London Olympiad meant that, for the remaining 12 sports, only £11.2 million of government and Lottery funding was available.
At that time, UK Sport committed to try and identify further funding, both from private investment and from other potential sources of income across the sporting landscape. These efforts have already been rewarded with an agreement reached with the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, managed by SportsAid, which will see £1.8 million of its funds realigned to underpin UK Sport’s investment in these sports ahead of 2012.
In addition, positive talks are taking place with regards to securing additional funding for high performance sport. UK Sport is working closely with LOCOG, the BOA, BPA, DCMS and Fast Track to develop an innovative proposal that will be attractive to potential sponsors.
Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport, said: “We made a commitment back in December to do our utmost to identify additional funding for our Olympic and Paralympic sports. A huge amount of hard work has gone into this and I’m delighted this is already starting to bear fruit. There is a real desire within British sport to maximize the opportunity of a home Games, typified by the co-operation of SportsAid which will help underpin our investment in these 12 sports.
Furthermore, we are in close talks with our partners in the high performance system to develop an innovative and exciting proposal for private sector sponsors. This will leave us well-placed to continue to build an effective sustainable world-class performance system, allowing our athletes to achieve success in 2012 and beyond.”
The figures announced today by UK Sport include an option for each sport to ‘frontload’ their four-year award - making all of the investment available in 2009/10 and 2010/11. This maximizes the impact of each investment, albeit with a risk in terms of longer-term certainty, allowing all sports to continue to progress with their World Class Performance Programmes until a review in 2011.
At that point, their progress will be assessed in performance terms relative to that in all other sports, and decisions made about investment levels through to the Games.
Campbell added: “It was vital that, having successfully targeted our medal prospects, we also maximized the chances of every sport for London 2012 within our limited resources. While a risk, I believe that the flexible and performance orientated approach we have announced today does just that, with the potential two-year frontloading of the award giving everyone the chance to stay in the race. I would pay tribute to the sports involved for the approach they have taken, and we are committed to doing everything we can to continue to support their efforts.
The past few months have not been easy for anyone, and the decisions we have taken have been tough. But I firmly believe we have done the best we can to deliver for all sports whilst remaining true to our core responsibility of driving medal success, that was seen to deliver so well in Beijing.”
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A total of £292 million of confirmed investment has today been allocated by UK Sport to British Olympic and Paralympic sports ahead of the London Games in 2012. This funding, building on the £265 million invested for Beijing, has enabled UK Sport to agree a target of a “Top Four” finish in London, aiming to win more medals in more sports than in Beijing and thereby ensure the most successful Olympic performance by a British team for 100 years. The Paralympic target is to retain second place in the Medal Table behind China, again winning more medals in more sports than in Beijing.
The funding decisions, confirmed yesterday by the UK Sport Board, are made on the basis of UK Sport’s successful ‘no compromise’ investment strategy – which targets resources primarily at those sports and athletes most likely to win medals. It aims to ensure that every athlete supported is able to get to the start line at an Olympics or Paralympics in the knowledge that they are as best prepared as they can possibly be.
As a result, a total of 19 Olympic and 14 Paralympic sports have been allocated full performance funding for the period of the London Olympiad – from April next year until March 2013. Sports receiving the funding certainty include our major medal winners in Beijing, but also team sports like Hockey and Basketball. All funding will be reviewed by UK Sport after two years to ensure that the maximum impact is being gained from every investment decision, and that the right medal opportunities are being prioritised.
The decisions follow the announcement yesterday by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport of £50 million confirmed public investment into the World Class Performance Programme. This money means that UK Sport is still £50 million short of its original funding ambitions for 2012.
As a result, a further eight Olympic and four Paralympic sports have not had their individual funding allocations confirmed today. However, UK Sport is committed to a basic level of funding for each of these through to 2012 from the remaining available budget. UK Sport has told each sport that it will work with them over the coming weeks to try and identify further available funding, both from private investment and from other potential sources of income across the sporting landscape.
Funding levels for each of these sports will be revisited in January, with the basic funding allocated strategically against the performance potential of each sport.
Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport, said: “The decisions made by our Board were not easy, but they were right. The additional funding confirmed yesterday by Andy Burnham is very welcome given current economic conditions, and brings a high degree of certainty in an otherwise uncertain world. With a shortfall in the overall funding available we had to make some tough calls, but we did so in the knowledge that our ‘no compromise’ strategy is not only known and understood by sport but was also the basis of our success in Beijing.
As an organisation dedicated to high performance, we are very clear about the ultimate outcomes for our investment: success at the highest level and a system wide legacy to ensure continued success beyond 2012. That is what we are funding. While it is disappointing that we are not today able to offer the full level of resources to all sports, we can only invest what we have available to us. We will now do everything we can to deliver additional funding into sport and help close the gap, including sitting down with every affected sport and determining how best we can ensure their programmes continue to be supported.
We remain absolutely committed to all Olympic and Paralympic sports, and will do everything we can to help get them to the start line in four years time. We are sticking with the Mission – we will not give up on anybody.”
A total of £247 million has been invested in Olympic sport for the London cycle. The funded sports are: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Taekwondo and Triathlon.
The Olympic sports that are still to have their funding confirmed are: Fencing, Handball, Shooting, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
On the Paralympic side, there are a number of significant increases in funding for sports in order to ensure that there are sufficient resources available to our most successful programmes. A total of £45 million has been confirmed today to Archery, Athletics, Boccia, Cycling, Equestrian, Judo, Powerlifting, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball (Men), Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Tennis.
The Paralympic sports that are still to have their funding confirmed are: Fencing, Goalball, Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball (women).
Except for Wheelchair Tennis, Football and Tennis disciplines will receive no funding from UK Sport as they are deemed able to self fund.
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Funding for Olympic and Paralympic sport received a massive boost today as UK Sport announced additional funding awards for the three years through to Beijing 2008. The increased public investment totals £65.3 million – conditional upon meeting a series of funding 'triggers’ - and is available as a result of the Government’s decision last month to allocate up to £300 million to our athlete preparations for London 2012. Of this, £58.8 million is earmarked for Summer Olympic support and £6.5 million for Summer Paralympic sports.
A total of £17 million is being invested in 2006/7 as some Olympic sports gear up to entering the world class sporting arena for the first time, with a further £23.2 million invested in 2007/8 and £25.1 million in 2008/9. According to UK Sport’s comprehensive investment model, the accepted basis for all the new funding being distributed, this will allow athletes from a total of 27 Summer Olympic disciplines the chance to pursue their dreams of competing and winning at a home games in six years time. UK Sport will review progress across the sports after Beijing before determining the allocation of funding required to meet its overall ambitions for success in London 2012.
Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport, said: "We have started today a six year process that will not just deliver medals in 2012 but help transform the high performance system in this country for ever. Allocating funding across so many sports is never easy but a decision eventually has to be made about the relative merits of competing demands.
We believe our no compromise strategy is the most equitable approach to resolving this, taking into account both the detailed information gathered from the sports and significant objective data regarding recent performances, medal opportunities and their overall competitive potential."
Campbell was also keen to stress that the new money comes with strong emphasis on effective governance: "Public funding should never be a given – it must be earned. It is for the sports and athletes now to prove by their performances in the next three years that this investment is justified and indeed should be increased as they build up to London 2012. And they must also demonstrate they are fit for purpose in handling public funds. Through our Funding Triggers we will carefully monitor governance and performance issues and withhold funding to any sport not meeting the criteria, whilst offering support to help them get there.
We received the extra money from Government because they believe in our investment approach. That is why it is essential we retain that overall vision for how the money should be allocated across the sports. But within the funding award, there is genuine flexibility of approach to address the unique challenges within each sport."
Olympic Minister Tessa Jowell gave her support: "Within three weeks of the Chancellor’s announcement in the Budget governing bodies have been told how much money they will get.
UK Sport have got out of the blocks quickly and shown just how serious we all are in our determination to give the potential medallists of 2012 the maximum possible backing for their ambitions.
Between now and 2012 they will get a world-class package of support to make their dreams – and ours - come true when Britain plays host to the world’s greatest sporting event."
Highlights of the new funding package include:
UK Sport also published the draft series of "Funding Release Triggers" that will ensure that the planning and governance of all the governing bodies is carefully monitored and that they are fit for purpose for receiving public funds. Those not able to meet the criteria over a range of key issues will have funding withheld over the first year as they modernise their practices and performance systems.
In announcing the sport by sport funding awards for 2006-2009 today, UK Sport has met its commitment to do so within 14 working days set out in its "100 Day Plan" for delivery. This demonstrates its commitment to a transparent, responsible and performance driven process. The next stage will be to send out award letters and to make first quarter payments to all sports within 21 days of grant acceptance. Further payments could then be reduced by up to 50% each quarter, dependent on a sport’s ability to meet the staged Funding Triggers.
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