What we do

Young archer

Sport England is working to increase the number of people who play sport regularly and we aim to make lives better through sport.

Currently over 15.3 million people play sport once a week, every week. That is over 1.4 million more than when London won the bid to host the 2012 Games but we want this number to increase.

We are particularly focused on getting more 14-25-year-olds and disabled people playing sport once a week. 

In January 2012 we launched our current strategy and outlined the work that we will do over this five-year period to increase the number of people playing sport.

By 2017 we will have:

  • Invested around £500 million in 46 national governing bodies of sport to help them increase the number of people who play their sports and improve  how they support their talented athletes
  • Offered every secondary school in England a community sport club on its site with a direct link to one or more sports
  • Helped secondary schools open up their sports facilities for local community use        
  • Provided at least 150 further education colleges with a full-time sports professional
  • Given three-quarters of university students aged 18-24 the chance to take up a new sport or continue playing sport while they study
  • Encouraged 2,000 young people on the margins of society to take part in sport to help them gain new life skills
  • Established enhanced England Talent Pathways in at least 30 sports to ensure young people fulfil their potential.
  • Invested £265 million into facilities for the most popular sports, building on the success of Places People Play, our London 2012 legacy programme
  • Invested £10 million in projects targeting disabled people

We will achieve these aims by strategically investing over £1 billion of Exchequer and National Lottery funding. We support our investments by providing advice, expertise and insight to ensure they have the desired impact.  

You can download our strategy below.