3rd December 2008

UK Athletics Welcomes UK Sport Funding

UK Athletics Chief Executive Niels de Vos has welcomed Wednesday’s announcement of UK Sport funding for athletics in the lead up to 2012.


The Olympic funding award of £25,110,900 for 2009-2013 means UK Athletics will be able to fully deliver every aspect of the World Class Performance Programme for the athletes announced on the programme last month.


Niels de Vos said: This is very good news for the sport and is a vote in confidence in UK Athletics. The potential of our sport is clear for everyone to see. As well as four medals in Beijing, we had 14 other 4th to 8th places.

“Additionally, a substantial percentage of the team will be at their competitive peak at London 2012. Since then, we have made some critical alterations within performance which will enable us to continue our upward trajectory led by new Head Coach Charles van Commenee.


“The sum announced represents the level of funding we need to deliver the UK Athletics World Class Performance Programme. UK Sport will review funding after two years to ensure the sport gains maximum impact from every investment and that the right medal opportunities are being prioritised.

This is welcomed by myself, Charles and the UK Athletics Board as it gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that the sport is making significant moves forward towards our ambitions in 2012 and secure further funding.”


The confirmed funding for the Paralympic programme remains static at £6,644,700.