Grassroots cycling set to recieve £1m cash boost

Sport England reveals a £3.5m cash boost for grassroots sports, with cycling set to receive over £1m

Sportsbeat
By Sportsbeat
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Mmass participation Sky Ride is a major British Cycling success story Photo: Daveograve, via Flickr

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Cycling is the big winner after Sport England revealed a £3.5m cash boost for grassroots sports.

British Cycling has been rewarded for doubling their participation numbers – on the back on the success of the elite track and road teams – with a grant of £1,058,000 to help recruit a further 12,000 weekly cyclists.

Their successful Sky Ride, Go-Ride and Breeze programmes are credited with tapping the huge surge in interest in the sport following British medal success, while other money has been assigned to help drive up participation numbers in netball, cycling, running, canoeing and lacrosse.

“London 2012 is not only about athletes contesting Olympic and Paralympic medals, it is also about getting the nation active and leaving a lasting sport legacy for future generations,” said Olympic team pursuit cycling gold medallist Ed Clancy.

“We have been particularly successful in getting people on their bikes through programmes like Sky Ride, Breeze, Go-Ride and our growing events calendar. I would love to see even more people get inspired by the Games to take up cycling as their new sport.”

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