Sport England has awarded Commonwealth Games England (CGE) £4m of National Lottery funding to support Team England for Australia’s Gold Coast in 18 months’ time.
The funding, alongside the cash CGE raises from sponsors, will enable Team England to create the best possible performance environment for the athletes, coaches and support staff. This will include a preparation camp prior to the Games, and all the support services that athletes require.
It also means that Team England will be able to send a full quota of around 400 athletes who will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events in what will be the largest ever para-sport programme. With support staff, this makes it the biggest sporting team ever to represent England overseas.
Phil Smith, Sport England, director of sport said: “London, Glasgow and Rio have shown us two very important things – English athletes are among the very best in the world and millions of fans love to cheer them on.
“Sport England is absolutely committed to the success of Team England at the Commonwealth Games. With this National Lottery funding, we’re proudly standing shoulder to shoulder with the team and supporting our greatest sporting talent.”
Paul Blanchard, Commonwealth Games England, CEO said: “We are really pleased to have secured the funding from Sport England, which will allow us to create the best possible performance environment for our athletes to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.
“This funding recognises the value of the Commonwealth Games themselves, but also their strategic importance for developing talent and delivering medals in line with the Government’s and Sport England’s strategies.”
Blanchard spoke to Sport Industry Group earlier this week about the potential commercial impact of a successful Olympic Games and the challenges ahead for Gold Coast 2016. Read the full feature here.
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