Cycling rewarded for record medal haul at Athens Olympics

Earlier in the week BikeBiz.com reported that British Cycling had been awarded £13m from Sport England, now UK Sport has added another £7.9m to the pot. This second cash award, running April 2005 to April 2009, is for British Cycling's World Class Performance Plan and is an increase of £1m+ over the funds for 2001-05. Up to 44 athletes will now be supported by WCCP, up from 35 in the previous period. How is all this paid for? Lottery tickets.
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In order to deliver success in Beijing, UK Sport has said it has developed a ‘no compromise’ approach, which underpins its funding decisions.

14 Olympic sports, including cycling, will receive an enhanced funding settlement between 2005 and 2009, from a total summer Olympic investment of £75m, an increase of £5m over the Sydney to Athens cycle.

On top of the WCPP funding of £7.9m, British Cycling will receive £1.6m from the World Class Operations, funded by the Exchequer.

Athletes with the potential to mount the rostrum in Beijing are offered a full programme of support via their governing body – estimated to be worth an average of £45,000 an athlete per annum on top of their Athlete Personal Award.

Liz Nicholl, the UK Sport's acting CEO said:

"Our new investment strategy is designed to reinforce the best performing sports, support those that are developing and provoke positive change in those that are under-performing. The budget is bigger and it needs to be for Beijing, but we must guard against the temptation to spread it too thinly, which presented us with some tough decisions. We must also remember that our ability to invest at this level depends on the British public’s continued willingness to support our sportsmen and women by buying lottery tickets."

Cycling - with a medal haul of 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze at Athens - has done better than other sports in the UK Sports funding programme. Athletics, for instance, receives £7.2m of WCCP funding and £1.6m World Class Operations funding, 2005-09, a drop of £1.3m. From 82 supported athletes, British athletics will only be able to support 40 in the next four years.

Rowing does well out of the UK Sport funding but from 68 athletes supported 2001-05, only 48 will be supported in the next four year period.

Triathlon WCCP funding has been cut from £1.8m to £1.44m although's there's an increase of £150k in World Class Operations funding.

"While inevitably people tend to focus on the amount of funding each sport is awarded, our mission is to work with other partner agencies to maximise our collective investment in world-class success," said UK Sport's Nicholl.

"The British Olympic Association, the sports institute network, the governing bodies and home country sports councils are critical partners."

As well as the cash awards, UK Sport said it "will also target its research and innovation programmes at ‘technical’ sports where equipment can make a difference between success and failure."

There could therefore be more support forthcoming for British Cycling's in-house track bike.

INFO FROM UK SPORT:

One-Stop Plan Sports


CYCLING

Performance Director David Brailsford

Athens Performance 2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze

Athens Target 5-6 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £6,800,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £7,920,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 35

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 44

2001-05 Exchequer funding £1,585,000*

2005-09 WC Operations funding £1,600,000*


*funding to governing body for underpinning governance of sport to adequate standards to support WCPP.


ATHLETICS

Performance Director Max Jones (David Collins from 1 March, 2005)

Athens Performance 3 gold, 1 bronze

Athens Target 5-7 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £8,300,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £7,200,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 82

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 40

2001-05 Exchequer funding £1,800,000

2005-09 WC Operations funding £1,600,000


CANOEING

Performance Director John Anderson

Athens Performance 1 silver, 2 bronze

Athens Target 2 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £3,450,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £3,600,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 29

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 20

2001-05 Exchequer funding £881,250

2005-09 WC Operations funding £1,050,000


DIVING

Performance Director Steve Foley

Athens Performance 1 silver

Athens Target 2 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £920,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £1,980,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 12

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 11

2001-05 Exchequer funding £0 (covered in award to British Swimming)

2005-09 WC Operations funding £0 (covered in award to British Swimming)


EQUESTRIAN

Performance Director Will Connell

Athens Performance 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze

Athens Target 2 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £2,760,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £4,320,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 28

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 24

2001-05 Exchequer funding £825,000

2005-09 WC Operations funding £974,000


GYMNASTICS

Performance Director Matthew Greenwood

Athens Performance No medals

Athens Target 3 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £3,630,000*

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding - trampoline £1,372,500

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding – women’s artistic £457,500

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) - trampoline 5

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) – women’s artistic 9

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) - trampoline 6

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) – women’s artistic 2

2001-05 Exchequer funding £1,450,000

2005-09 WC Operations funding £1,130,000

*includes support for artistic and trampolining programmes


JUDO

Performance Director

Athens Performance No medals

Athens Target 2-3 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £2,880,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £1,660,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 22

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 9

2001-05 Exchequer funding £840,000

2005-09 WC Operations funding £840,000


ROWING

Performance Director David Tanner

Athens Performance 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze

Athens Target 3 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £7,290,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £8,640,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 68

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 48

2001-05 Exchequer funding £591,000

2005-09 WC Operations funding £1,100,000


SAILING

Performance Director John Derbyshire

Athens Performance 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze

Athens Target 3 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £5,350,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £7,380,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 44

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 41

2001-05 Exchequer funding £1,484,000

2005-09 WC Operations funding £1,522,000


SWIMMING

Performance Director Bill Sweetenham

Athens Performance 2 bronze

Athens Target 2 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £4,920,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £6,120,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 45

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 34

2001-05 Exchequer funding £690,000

2005-09 WC Operations funding £1,100,000


TRIATHLON

Performance Director Graeme Maw

Athens Performance No medals

Athens Target 2 medals

2001-05 WCCP Programme funding £1,845,000

2005-09 WCPP Programme funding £1,445,000

Athlete places 2001-05 (average) 16

Athlete places 2005-09 (‘up to’ figure) 8

2001-05 Exchequer funding £499,000

2005-09 WC Operations funding £646,400

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