Funding in the days of the credit crisis

UK Sport revealed their elite funding programme for the next four years, leading up to the London 2012, yesterday. According to the Telegraph athletics and nine developing sports will see their budgets cut in the build up for the Olympic games on home soil. Tough, and obviously officials from these sports are more or less devastated as their chances of performing in 2012 very much depends on the level of funding from the government, through UK Sport. Having said that I cannot help wondering about the top-down approach to this. What happened to sports ability to raise funds ourselves? I know that one of the great ideas about the Olympics is that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts and hence it is important for the country and not just the individual sport to do well. Therefore it is probably right to hope for some sort of public funding. That is not the same though as expecting it to bet there or even expecting it to be on the same level or higher than where it used to be. One big threat with money coming from somewhere above is that it tends to make the recipient reliant and instead of pro-activity it threatens to create reactivity. “Wait and see what funds we get” is a commonly used phrase. And of course we in golf are in exactly the same boat as what we are doing at the moment is to put our faith in Sport England’s decision on funding for the next four year period. That is expected to be revealed sometime just before Xmas or early in the New Year. Did somebody hear “wait and see what funds we get”?

Out in Argentina the English players Luke Goddard and Matt Haines have made it into the matchplay stages of the Argentine Amateur. If you would like to test your Spanish check out the website of the Association de Golf Argentina for the latest updates!

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