Sailing awarded £9.3 million grassroots funding

Sailing is to receive £9.3 million legacy investment from Sport England, the body which issues legacy funding for grassroots sport. In the previous four year period, sailing received £9.6 million. Sport England is investing £493m into 46 sports between 2013 and 2017. Sport England's funding is separate to that of UK Sport, which will announce how it will disperse its money for elite Olympic athletes on Tuesday.The Royal Yachting Association will use Sport England’s investment to take advantage of the momentum generated by the Olympic and Paralympics to encourage more people into the sport. The award is split with £5.8m for participation funding and £3.5m to support the development of young talented sailors and help find the next Ben Ainslie.

The RYA offers an England Talent programme which aims to ensure there is a constant stream of talented sailors who are ready and well prepared to progress onto the British world class programme in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.

The RYA will also invest in the following activities to get more people involved by:

Expanding the On Board programme - which introduces new young people into the sport by teaching them new skills in a safe controlled environment.

Investing in the Active Marina programme, designed to build competence and confidence in marina berth holders. The programme engages with a large number of people who sail recreationally to develop their skills and confidence and give them opportunities to sail more frequently.

Continuing the successful Sailability programme which supports disabled people to sail through specialist provision at Sailability Foundation sites.

All Olympic and Paralympic sports are among the 46 sports who will benefit from the investment and 31 sports will be receiving their largest ever investment in grassroots sports including cycling, netball, wheelchair basketball and triathlon all receiving increases of over 30% reflecting their strong plans and excellent progress on grassroots sport.

Some 31 of the 46 sports are getting increases including cycling £32m (up from £24.7m), netball £25.3m (£18.7m), triathlon £7.5m (£4.7m) and wheelchair basketball £2million (£700,000). Swimming, tennis and cricket were the biggest losers under a payment by results strategy which looks to encourage 14- to 25-year-olds.