The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has announced a new £3 million Aspiration Fund which aims to help athletes from unfunded sports reach the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The funding is intended to allow sports, such as badminton, basketball, wheelchair rugby, goal ball, fencing, and skateboarding, which do not currently receive UK Sport funding to develop plans to help teams and athletes qualify.
All unfunded summer Olympic and Paralympic sports are eligible to apply for the new fund, as are sports in receipt of individual athlete medal support plan funding. Grants of up to £500,000 will be made for team sports and up to £275,000 for individual sports.
Sports eligible to apply for the fund include all the unfunded summer Olympic and Paralympic sports, the new sports for the Tokyo Games and those currently in receipt of individual athlete medal support plan funding from UK Sport. Funding agency UK Sport awards cash only to sports it believes can deliver medals.
Sports will need to provide their qualification plan along with details of how they will capitalise on the impact of competing at the Games and engage and inspire communities. In addition, their plan will need to align with the outcomes set out in the Government’s Sporting Future strategy to redefine what success looks like in sport: physical well-being, mental well-being, individual development, social and community development and economic development.
Grants awarded from the fund will run to the end of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic cycle.
Further information on how UK Sport funding works can be found on the UK Sport http://www.uksport.gov.uk/our-work/investing-in-sport/how-uk-sport-funding-works