Publication scheme

Our publication scheme sets out information about who we are, how we are organised, how we spend public and lottery money, what our goals are and how well we are doing in meeting those goals

30 June 2017 About us

The purpose of this publication scheme is to ensure that we are transparent and open in how we spend public and lottery money

Some of the information is available via links to pages on our website. Where there are no links, you may write to us and will advise if there is a charge for the information.

Where we make a charge for information, we will tell you in this Publication Scheme. Cheques should be made payable to Sport England.

Documents in our publication scheme

Some of the documents referred to in our publication scheme may contain information that is exempt under the Freedom of Information Act. Where this is the case, the information will be deleted but we will indicate where such deletions have been made and which exemptions apply.

The copyright in the material listed in this Publication Scheme is owned by Sport England unless otherwise stated. The supply of documents under this Publication Scheme does not give the person or organisation who receives them an automatic right to re-use the documents in a way that would infringe copyright, for example, by making multiple copies, publishing (including on the internet) and issuing copies to the public.

Brief extracts of the material may be reproduced under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (sections 29 and 30) for the purposes of research for non-commercial purposes, private study, criticism, review and news reporting.

If you wish to make a request for information that is not available via our publication scheme, you may make a Freedom of Information request by writing to the above address.

Who we are and what we do

Sport England is the trading name of the English Sports Council which was created by Royal Charter in 1997 to foster, support and encourage the development of sport and sporting excellence.

You can download our Royal Charter.

Details of the National Lottery Act in 1993 can be viewed on the the UK Statute Law Database.

The Financial Directions and Memoranda are available on request.

Sport England is also answerable to Parliament through the Department for Culture Media and Sport, which is its sponsoring department.

Sport England carries out its objectives mainly by granting awards to sporting bodies and by making representations on planning applications which affect playing fields.

Sport England receives its funding from two different sources: from the government and from the National Lottery. The Annual Funding Agreement sets out the funding that Sport England will receive from the Government.

More information about our current awards programmes can be viewed in our funding section.

You can find information about how Sport England is structured and the roles of the Main Board, the Executive Team, our regional offices and the eight Sport England Directorates on the page, How we are structured. This information includes biographical details of Main Board and Executive Team members.

Sport England works with numerous partner organisations, including its sister organisations, UK Sport and the Youth Sport Trust. You can find out more about work with our partners in our most recent Annual Report.

What we spend and how we spend it

You can view data about awards made by Sport England on our Local Spending Data page. You can also search for Lottery awards made by Sport England and other Lottery Distributors on DCMS' Lottery Grants website.
Sport England’s Annual Reports set out Sport England’s activities for the past year and accounts for how public money has been spent. Our Annual Reports can be published on our Annual Reports page.

We will be publishing a summary of our Annual Budget from February/March 2010

Sport England receives funding through agreement with DCMS via the Government Spending Review process, which sets a three-year funding settlement. Sport England’s latest funding agreement can be viewed here. It should be noted that we will post this agreement annually but it is subject to some change throughout the year.

Pay received by Board Members and senior Sport England colleagues is listed at pages 37-40 of the 2009-10 Annual Report and Accounts.

From 2009/10, Sport England will publish expenses of Board Members and senior Sport England colleagues in its Annual Report. You can download a PDF of our expenses policy.

We publish some information about payments made to suppliers where such payments exceed £25,000. Sport England’s current competitive contracts and Terms of Trade are on our Tenders and contracts page. Sport England will be publishing information about contracts awarded in the near future.

How we make decisions

Major policy proposals and decisions are made by Sport England’s Main Board. Agendas and Minutes for Main Board meetings are published online.
Agendas will be loaded onto the website four working days before the meeting takes place. Board papers are available on request by writing. There is a charge for Board papers of £5 per paper.

The Executive Team makes operational decisions about Sport England.

The Projects Team makes decisions on funding applications for major sporting projects.

Guidance notes for all of our current award programmes can be found on the funding pages of our website.

Policies and procedures

We are in the process of publishing our policies on this website.

If you would like to see any of the following Sport England policies that aren't currently available to download, please write to the address above. Sport England charges £5 for every policy supplied in hard copy.

Anti-Fraud & Corruption
Code of Conduct
Complaints policy
Conflicts of Interest
Data Protection
Delegated Authorities
Email and Internet Acceptable Use
Equal Opportunities
Freedom of Information
Gifts & Hospitality
Procurement Policy & Governance
Records Management:
Destruction Procedure
Records Handover
Good documentation management
Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People
Travel & Subsistence

Lists and registers

Sport England has a register of its assets. If you would like any information from this register please write, using the address above.

Sport England holds a list of gifts and hospitality provided to senior colleagues and Board members. If you would like to see this list, please write to the address above.

There is a £5 charge for copies of the register.

The interests of senior colleagues are listed in the Annual Report

Sport England publishes a Freedom of Information disclosure log which is updated every two months.

Services we offer

Advice on developing sporting policy, including:

  • creating regional and sub-regional policy
  • creating local policy
  • examples of core strategy policies, and
  • guiding principles for sport and spatial planning

can be viewed on our developing policies for sport section.

Sport England publishes detailed design guidance notes for a whole host of facilities.

Our Sports Facilities Calculator (SFC) is a planning tool which helps to estimate the amount of demand for key community sports facilities that is created by a given population.

Active Places is a public database of sports facilities in England, which helps get people active by providing free information on where to take part and by showing them where to go on a map.

Active Places Power provides a planning tool for sports facilities. It is designed to assist in investment decisions and the development of infrastructure improvement strategies for sport. You will have to subscribe to use this tool.

Sport England publishes a guide to the production of playing pitch strategies called Towards a Level Playing Field.

Advice on securing improved sport and recreation facilities in their areas through planning contributions can be viewed in our Planning Contributions Kitbag.

Other planning tools and guidance notes can be accessed on our Planning Tools and Guidance page.

Since August 1996 Sport England has been a ‘statutory consultee’ on planning applications affecting playing fields. This means that Sport England must be consulted by the local planning authority (LPA) when a relevant planning application is received. We have produced a guidance note for local authorities explaining these consultation arrangements.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Sport England must disclose any information it holds to anyone who asks for it, unless an exemption applies. You can find out more on our Freedom of Information page