BCF get £25k Sportsmatch funding for Raleigh-backed youth programmes

The BCF announced in March that Raleigh had signed a £50k sponsorship deal for its Challenge and Get Set youth development programmes. Half of this amount was actual cash, the other half was made up of Raleigh bikes to be given as prizes. Sportsmatch has matched the cash amount and is to boost the BCF with a £25 000 award
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Raleigh Challenge 2001 and Raleigh Get Set, the two youth development programmes run by the BCF, have been granted a £25 000 Sportsmatch award, matching the sponsorship of Raleigh announced in March (see http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/.../article.php3?id=1251).

Raleigh Challenge 2001 and Raleigh Get Set both introduce young people to cycle skills and competition in a safe environment.

British Cycling Federation Youth Development Director Sue Glavin

welcomed the news:

"The extra support will enable us to reach an even wider audience with these two exciting projects over the next year."

Chief Executive, Peter King underlined the significance of the

sponsorship of Development programmes:

"We all know the future of the sport is dependent on attracting young people and encouraging their long-term participation. It is encouraging to see three strands,

Raleigh, Sportsmatch and the BCF, coming together to support this."

Sportsmatch is the government's grass roots sports sponsorship incentive scheme. Sportsmatch matchs pound for pound commercial business sponsorship for a grass roots sporting event or activity - effectively doubling the money provided from a sponsor.

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