Netball the biggest winner as football kept waiting for its share of Sport England cash

Netball, rugby union, table tennis and tennis have all been given significant government grants for grassroots sport but the Football Association must wait to find out how much funding it will get over the next four years.

Following December’s announcement of £88m between 26 sports, Sport England has awarded a further £101m between 25 more sports.

The FA, under government pressure to reform or lose public money, has been allocated £5.6m for its disability and women’s development programmes over the next four years, with a decision on the full award left pending. Football’s governing body received £30m from Sport England between 2013 and 2017.

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Netball got the biggest award, with £16.9m for development and £3m to help the England team prepare for the 2019 World Cup in Liverpool. The GB basketball team, ignored by elite funding agency UK Sport, also received £1m for the national team, with a further £4.7m going to basketball development in England.

The Rugby Football Union has been given £12.6m, Table Tennis England £8.3m, the Lawn Tennis Association £8.2m and British Athletics £7.3m.

Sport England, which receives about three-quarters of its funding from the lottery with the rest coming from general taxation, will distribute £1bn over the next four years on mass participation sport.