Sport England has added four national governing bodies to its list of long-term partnerships as part of its ambition to “level up access” to sport and physical activity.
Swim England, British Taekwondo, British Taekwondo Council and Pentathlon GB will now join more than 120 organisations that have been picked for their ability to improve access to sport and to tackle inequalities.
Over the next five years, the four will share more than £12m of combined National Lottery and government funding, aimed at improving opportunities to take part in sport and “create positive change”.
Swim England will receive £10,58m worth of funding over period, with British Taekwondo (£935,945), British Taekwondo Council (£405,500) and Pentathlon GB (£357,400) also benefitting.
Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England CEO, said: “The partners we’ve announced today have been carefully chosen to support these agendas given their governance or systemic role in sport and will help us build on the recovery we’ve seen in activity levels since the pandemic.”
While the others have secured their five-year funding plans, Swim England’s partnership award is only confirmed for year one due to recent concerns expressed around the sport and the way how the governing body has dealt with allegations of abuse and bullying. In March, a 44-page report into the concerns recommended nine actions for Swim England.
In response, Swim England published its Heart of Aquatics safeguarding, welfare and culture plan to ‘build a better future’ for everyone in swimming.