British Cycling gets £32m from Sport Cycling for 2013-7. Football gets £30m; Cricket £20m. Is cycling now our national sport?
Sport England has awarded British Cycling £32m for 2013-2017. £6.5m is for "talent"; £25.6m is for "participation." Cycling sits at the top of the sports funding league table, getting £2m more than football, £12m more than cricket.
British Cycling CEO Ian Drake said:
“Today’s Sport England funding announcement is a recognition of the good work done by British Cycling members and volunteers in driving grassroots participation and a challenge for us to do even better in the next four years.
“Whether it is for winning medals or for getting people active, we are proud of our record of delivering value for lottery funding and we take the responsibility very seriously.
“There is still a great deal of work to do in making cycling in this country better. We’re looking forward to getting stuck in.”
Over 200,000 more people are now cycling at least once per week than were in October 2011. British Cycling is exceeded the growth target set by Sport England four years ago by over 75,000. This brings the total number of people in England now cycling at least once per week to just under two million.
The number of women cycling has risen dramatically in the last 12 months, almost 63,000 more women are cycling regularly. British Cycling’s Breeze programme offering female-only led bike rides has contributed to this rise.
Over 100,000 young people have been engaged in British Cycling's Go-Ride programme over the past four years.
British Cycling also works in partnership with 45 local authorities to promote and deliver cycling programmes.