British Cycling is one of a number of successful sporting bodies that are receiving extra funding from Sport England to help boost grassroots programmes that aims to get more people cycling.
British Cycling is to receive an additional £1,058,000m in National Lottery funding with the aim of getting a further 12,000 new cyclists using their bikes on a regular basis.
British Cycling will use some of the money to expand its programme of local, friendly led rides, ‘Sky Ride Local’. Registrations for these rides have been running at over-capacity this year, and British Cycling is confident that there is a big appetite out there both from road bikers and mountain bikers for such events.
A total of £3.5m has been awarded to help drive up participation numbers in netball, cycling, running, canoeing and lacrosse. The additional investments to these sports were made possible by a reduction in the funding available to four national governing bodies of sport in the light of disappointing participation figures shown in this year’s Active People Survey, as well as strong National Lottery sales, which have led to more funding for good causes.