It was set up by the government and is answerable to Parliament through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
They will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery funding between 2012 and 2017 in various organisations eg:
- up to 46 NGBs received £120 million
- children and young people through NGBs received £28 million
- open funding makes money available for a variety of things like protecting playing fields
- mixed funding is based around the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics with £30 million available
Sport England provides a range of facilities and planning services that are linked to helping to plan for good sports facilities to be used now and in the future.
- help is given to assist in the planning
- specific focus on protecting playing fields as many schools were selling them to raise money
- grants are available to help provide facilities
- aim to improve facility design and concentrate on modernisation of facilities to help raise standards
Sport England carry out research to find out a variety of things about participation in sport and what affects it. They aim to grow and sustain participation in sport.
- the Active People Survey measures how many people participate, what sport they do and how those factors can differ across England
- they aim to find out why people play sport, what keeps them engaged and why they drop out
- some links have been made to the economic conditions the country has and is experiencing
Sport England has a commitment to helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life.
- they aim to creat opportunities for children to play sport
- the 'Give sport a go' initiative links with NGBs to inform people about their nearest clubs
- they have identified some certain groups to specifically concentrate on like the disabled, women and certain ethnic groups