UK Sport Confirm Funding for Equestrian Sport
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03 Dec 08

UK Sport Confirm Funding for Equestrian Sport

UK Sport today confirmed funding of £292 million for the London Olympiad from April next year until to March 2013. Equestrian sport will receive £13.6 million for Olympic sport and £3.7 million for Paralympic sport which will be managed by the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) World Class Programme.

“I am delighted that UK Sport has expressed confidence in us by their award, which amounts to £17.3 million for the next 4 years,” said Andrew Finding Chief Executive of the BEF. “In doing so I want to pay tribute to our management team, led by Will Connell, and the riders and owners; collectively they have raised the game in equestrian sport and provided the evidence that we have great potential for success in 2012.

“None of this would be possible without the leadership and commitment of the Boards and Chief Executives of British Dressage, British Eventing and the British Show Jumping Association as well as that of our own Board. Success is dependent upon a stable governance structure where our elite management team and our athletes, human and equine, have the freedom to excel. Now, we have to step up to the plate and deliver the medals in 2012.”

Not all sports have had their funding allocation confirmed as there remains a shortfall despite the successful efforts of Andy Burnham and his team at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to secure an extra £29 million in what is a very challenging economic environment. The BEF has pledged support for Burnham’s drive to find the extra £50 million that will be necessary to support all sports ahead of 2012.

The past-success, future potential and valued governance structure of equestrian sport has resulted in a satisfactory result, which will allow the equestrian World Class Programme to continue its excellent work.

It is testament to the huge efforts made by UK Sport’s Chair, Sue Campbell and Chief Executive John Steele and their team that equestrian sport is in this fortunate position ahead of the London 2012 Games. There is no doubt that the support received to date is working. At the recent, annual General Assembly Britain was honoured as the top nation of 134 in 2007, winning 17 Championship titles that season.

“It is great news that we can continue to operate a World Class Programme supporting development, the equine pathway and performance,” commented Will Connell, BEF Performance Director. “We are extremely grateful to UK Sport and the DCMS, the message is clear that we need to deliver results."

“We will review every line of the budget to ensure that every pound supports our quest for success.”

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