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Major sport investment to increase activity

The England and Wales Cricket Board is one of 10 national governing bodies (NGBs) which have been given more support to help people keep or develop their sporting habit.

More than £16 million will be spent on the 10 sports over the next two years to help work Towards an Active Nation. Ten NGBs will use their awards across everything from tackling inactivity to developing talented athletes.

The England and Wales Cricket Board, Angling Trust, Baseball Softball UK, the British Equestrian Federation, England Netball and Volleyball England will focus their resources on maintaining and building their existing base of participants.

British Cycling and Exercise Movement and Dance UK will prioritise recruiting those people who regularly dip in and out of exercise and Swim England will look to engage the quarter of the adult population who do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a week.

Volleyball England, British Fencing and England Netball focus on supporting their talented or high performance athletes.

Executive Director of Sport Phil Smith said: “This funding of National Governing Bodies is to help increase the number of people engaged in sport, through investing in clubs, coaches, facilities, equipment and new ways to play.

“Alongside this, some of our investment will support talented athletes to fulfil their potential, such as the England Netball team, who are heading in to a home World Cup this year with high hopes

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