Sport funding: Football faces funding cut after participation fall
Thursday 12 December 2013
Football and tennis have been warned that their funding is at risk after both saw a decline in participation in England.
Sport England, who distribute Lottery money to support grass-roots sport, believe tennis failed to capitalise on Andy Murray's success in winning Wimbledon. Football has fallen behind swimming, athletics/running and cycling.
There was an increase in people playing sport once a week – a rise of 206,000 since April, which means the boost provided by London 2012 has been maintained. But Sport England will hold meetings with the Football Association and Lawn Tennis Association and make a decision in January about whether to suspend up to 20 per cent of funding.
Football's numbers fell 100,000 since April and tennis, which suffered a cut in funding earlier this year, saw participation fall from 423,400 to 406,000 in six months.
Sport England's chief executive Jenni Price said: "We are very disappointed by football's results and the FA really need to grasp this." An alarming fall in young people playing sport was mostly due to the decline in football and netball.
Latest in Sport
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Diego Costa keeps coin thrown at him during Capital One Cup final
Lukas Podolski corner: Has the Arsenal forward taken the worst corner of all time?
Ireland 19 England 9 player ratings: Jonathan Sexton? Devin Toner? Alex Goode? Who was the star man in Dublin?
Eden Hazard didn't like the champagne on offer in the Chelsea dressing room
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 This is what the photographer has to say about the picture of a weasel riding a woodpecker
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'