The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (the Department) and UK Sport have responsibility for elite sport in the United Kingdom. They have set goals for the Great Britain teams to finish fourth in the Olympic medal table and second in the Paralympic medal table at the London 2012 Games. Achieving the goal set for the Olympic team in particular will require a step change in performance, with British athletes needing to win almost twice as many gold medals as they won at Athens in 2004.
To support these goals for London 2012, the government has agreed a package of funding in the seven years up to March 2013 of over £700 million, almost doubling the direct funding UK Sport provides to sports and elite athletes. This will be sourced mainly from the Exchequer and the National Lottery, while the Department is required to raise £100 million from the private sector.
This Report follows up recommendations in our previous Report on supporting elite athletes published in July 2006. We found then that many funded sports had not met their medal targets at the Athens Games in 2004 and concluded that UK Sport should look to achieve a better return from its expenditure in future. In particular, we raised concerns about the way UK Sport measured and reported its own performance and highlighted the need for greater clarity about the level of performance required from individual sports in order to secure future funding. We recommended improvements in how UK Sport demonstrated best use of the increased funding that would be available in the run-up to the London 2012 Games.
Editor's comments- [ On the basis of a Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, this parliamentary committee took evidence from the DCMS and UK Sport on their funding strategy for medal success at London 2012; their setting of targets and monitoring of progress towards the Games; and their approach to securing wider and long term benefits from elite sporting success. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Committee of Public Accounts. (2008). Preparing for sporting success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond. London: TSO
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