Updated: Friday, 24th November 2017 @ 8:08am

Good news for Manchester as two city-based sporting bodies get share of funding boost

Good news for Manchester as two city-based sporting bodies get share of funding boost

By Mel Hughes

Two Manchester-based sporting bodies have been given a pre-Olympics funding boost.

The aim is to encourage more people to get sporty in the run up to and after the Olympics.

A total of £3.5 million has been awarded to help drive up participation numbers in netball, cycling, running, canoeing and lacrosse.

The good news for Manchester is that both British Cycling and The English Lacrosse Association are based in the city.

British Cycling is to receive an additional £1,058,000 million in National Lottery funding to recruit a further 12,000 weekly cyclists.

The news was welcomed by Olympic cycling champion Ed Clancy.

He said: “I am delighted that British Cycling has been granted additional funding to develop its participation programmes.

“London 2012 is not only about athletes contesting Olympics and Paralympics medals, it is also about getting the nation active and leaving a lasting sport legacy for future generations.

“I would love to see even more people get inspired by the Games to take up cycling as their new sport.”

The English Lacrosse Association will receive an additional £199,250.

This little-known but growing sport has made big strides in the past two years in both the traditional and informal versions of the game, with a particular focus on university students.

Dave Allen, Head of the English Lacrosse Association's initiative 'Into Lacrosse' which aims to increase participation levels, said: “Any extra funding we receive allows us to put extra people on the ground to take the sport to clubs.

“In the last five years we've grown a lot, and hopefully this funding will allow us to move from a small sport to a medium one.”