Sports bodies’ last-ditch effort to protect grass-roots funding

The Football Association, Rugby Football Union and England & Wales Cricket Board have written to the Prime Minister as part of a last-ditch attempt to convince the Government not to take an axe to grassroots sports funding.

The governing bodies of Britain’s three biggest sports all signed a joint letter to David Cameron urging him to act over planned cuts of up to 40 per cent in the budget of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, which are expected to be imposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer this month.

The Lawn Tennis Association, England Athletics, British Cycling and the Amateur Swimming Association were also among more than 20 national governing bodies (NGBs) to have endorsed the letter amid fears over the loss of much of the £100 million a year they are given to boost participation.

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