UK Sport
PredecessorSports Council of Great Britain
Formation6 January 1997; 27 years ago (1997-01-06)
PurposeInvesting into Olympic and Paralympic sport in the UK
HeadquartersLondon, WC1
Dame Katherine Grainger
Sally Munday
Parent organization
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
AffiliationsBritish Olympic Association
British Paralympic Association
English Institute of Sport
UK Anti-Doping
The National Lottery

UK Sport is the government agency responsible for investing in Olympic and Paralympic sport in the United Kingdom.[1] It is an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.[1]

It was created following a "rock bottom" showing at the 1996 Summer Olympics where Team GB won just one solitary gold medal.[2] Team GB and Paralympics GB went on to place third in the medal table at London 2012[3] and second in the table at Rio 2016.[4]


UK Sport currently invests around £345m in summer Olympic and Paralympic sports[5] and £24m in winter Olympic and Paralympic sports.[6] These investments are spread over a four-year cycle ahead of the Tokyo and Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively.

The investments are made through Athlete Performance Awards which are paid directly to the athlete and contribute to their living and sporting costs[7] and through central funding to sport National Governing Bodies to invest in coaches, facilities and sports science and medicine.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b "UK Sport". GOV.UK. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ Gibson, Owen (24 July 2012). "London 2012: how Team GB's fortunes turned around after disaster in Atlanta". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ "London 2012: Team GB finish third in Olympic medal table". BBC Sport. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: How did Team GB make history?". BBC Sport. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Goal set for Tokyo 2020 as investment figures are announced | UK Sport". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  6. ^ "UK Sport targets more inspirational Winter Olympic and Paralympic success with Beijing investments | UK Sport". Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b "How UK Sport funding works | UK Sport". Retrieved 3 December 2018.

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