Sport England has continued its investment in angling by making more than half a million pounds available to help boost participation in the sport, although the figure is considerably down from its previous grant.
The Angling Trust will receive £682,500 from £101 million of National Lottery and Government funding in the second major portfolio of investments designed to get more people playing sport regularly. In 2012, Sport England announced it would invest £1.8 million into angling over a four-year period, it’s largest-ever investment in the sport.
Mark Lloyd, CEO of the Angling Trust, said: “The Angling Trust is pleased that Sport England has committed to continue supporting our work promoting angling for the next few years, but this is less funding than we hoped we would receive.
“We will be discussing the implications of this decision for our planned programmes of work with Sport England, our other funding partners such as the Environment Agency and with our staff and volunteers over the coming weeks before finalising our plans for the new financial year.”
Netball will get the greatest share of the Sport England funding, receiving £16,900,000 over the four-year period to invest in participation, nurturing talent and the national teams. Other sports to benefit from investment in participation numbers include handball, which will receive £1,265,000, and orienteering, which will get £805,000.