Friday, December 10, 2010

Funding for Elite Curling

Wow! I've just received this press release:


British Curling is to receive a total funding award of £2,288,900 from UK Sport for the period between now and the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014. British Curling, which manages and develops elite curling in Britain, yesterday (Thursday, December 9) received notice of the funding allocation from UK Sport, the body responsible for investing public funds – from both the National Lottery and the Exchequer – in high performance sport.

The award more than doubles the funding British Curling received in the previous four-year cycle, and will fund the delivery of a performance programme for the sport during the current Olympic/Paralympic cycle, culminating in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Mike Gillespie, British Curling’s chairman elect, said: “We are delighted with the news of UK Sport’s funding award, which will help ensure British curlers can achieve their potential and continue to deliver medals on the world stage over the course of the next four years. Given the current economic backdrop, we recognise more than ever the responsibility that comes with this funding and the opportunity it gives us to further develop elite curling athletes in the UK.”

Dave Crosbee, British Curling’s newly appointed performance director, said: “This is a huge shot in the arm for the sport in the next four years, and is recognition of the consistently world-class results achieved by British curlers over the past four years. Working closely with our partners at Sportscotland and the home nation governing bodies, we can now start to develop the programmes that we hope will deliver sustained success over the coming years.”

See my recent Editorial for some of the changes which this money will go towards implementing.