British Canoeing has today received details of its funding agreement from UK Sport for its world class performance programmes in preparation for the Paris 2024 Games.
The news provides clarity on the next 12 months as well as providing an indication of the longer term investment.
In total it is expected that British Canoeing will receive a total award of £15.1m for the next cycle split between the Canoe Sprint, Canoe Slalom and Paracanoe programmes.
The UK Sport funding will see:
• £12.1m allocated to the Olympic Paris 2024 programme
• £3.03m allocated to the Paralympic Paris 2024 programme
In response to the funding announcement, David Joy Chief Executive of British Canoeing, said:
We welcome the change in strategy by UK Sport, to invest in more Olympic and Paralympic sports and we fully recognise the wider difficult financial circumstances in which UK Sport and the government are currently operating within.– David Joy, Chief Executive of British Canoeing
“We are grateful to UK Sport, for their continued investment and support for our Olympic and Paralympic programmes. “
British Canoeing Performance Director Paul Ratcliffe said:
“We are naturally disappointed to receive a reduction in our Olympic programme, primarily within the sprint programme, but this is not unexpected. We recognised with UK Sport more than a year ago that we have some rebuilding to do within the discipline.
“We will be launching a new sprint racing performance strategy in early 2021, which sets out plans to increase participation and lead to a greater pool of talented athletes over the next eight years.
The funding confirmed today will allow us to plan with confidence and to support our athletes in canoe slalom, canoe sprint and paracanoe to prepare for the delayed Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Games.– British Canoeing Performance Director, Paul Ratcliffe
In the funding announcement UK Sport signalled its intent for the UK to become successful in a wider range of sports and build a high-performance sports community by investing in a wider range of sports than before in the build up to the postponed Tokyo Games through to the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.
Sally Munday, CEO of UK Sport said:
“Today’s decisions signal our future ambition to broaden the areas in which we achieve global success and deepening our societal impact.
“This means supporting more sports via the World Class Programme and Progression Funding than ever before, as well as welcoming more athletes and staff from varied backgrounds into our high-performance sporting community so we better reflect the diversity of the country we represent.
“As a sector we must be better at reaching, connecting and inspiring the British public in order to deepen our societal impact in communities across the country, using the exceptional power of sport and our platform in the British consciousness.”
Full details are available on the UK Sport website.