Cash boost to increase activity levels

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Major investment to increase activity

Ten national governing bodies (NGBs) 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.

The 10 NGBs will use their awards across everything from tackling inactivity to developing talented athletes.

While many NGBs were awarded full funding for the 2017-21 period two years ago, these 10 were awarded initial funds but also given another two years to develop business cases or illustrate positive results before applying for further funding in the 2019-21 period to continue to help people get, or remain, active.

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

While 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.

Enthusiastic

The final investments will see Volleyball England, British Fencing and England Netball focus on supporting their talented or high performance athletes.

“Millions of people love sport and take part regularly and we don’t take their commitment for granted,” said our executive director of sport Phil Smith. “Even the most enthusiastic people can sometimes find it hard to maintain the habit, especially when life gets in the way.

“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.”

2019 Women’s Six Nations

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England Women head coach Simon Middleton has announced the Elite Player Squad (EPS) for the 2019 season.

With the 2019 Women’s Six Nations fast approaching and the recent announcement of the England Women Elite Player Squad which includes 28 full-time professionals, don’t miss out on your chance to see England Women in action during February and March.

The Red Roses will take on France at Castle Park, Doncaster, on Sunday 10th February (KO 12:45pm), before travelling to Sandy Park, Exeter, to face Italy on Saturday 9th March (KO 12:05pm). The team will finish their campaign against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 16th March (KO 7:30pm).

Tickets for the France and Italy matches will be available from £10 for adults, with free entry available at Twickenham Stadium for all fans who would like to watch the Red Roses take on Scotland. Entry will only be permitted after the conclusion of the men’s match.

Forwards

Zoe Aldcroft (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies)
Sarah Bern (Bristol Bears Women)
Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women)
Jo Brown (Loughborough Lightning)
Rowena Burnfield (Richmond FC)
Shaunagh Brown (Harlequins Ladies)
Bryony Cleall (Saracens Women)
Poppy Cleall (Saracens Women)
Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies)
Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies)
Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries)
Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens Women)
Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning)
Justine Lucas (Loughborough Lightning)
Cath O’ Donnell (Loughborough Lightning)
Marlie Packer (Saracens Women)
Ellena Perry (Saracens Women)
Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies)

Backs

Jess Breach (Harlequins Ladies)
Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies)
Katy Daley-Mclean (Loughborough Lightning)
Abby Dow (Wasps FC Ladies)
Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women)
Tatyana Heard (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Natasha Hunt (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Claudia Macdonald (Wasps FC Ladies)
Sarah McKenna (Saracens Women)
Leanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies)
Emily Scarratt (Loughborough Lightning)
Emily Scott (Harlequins Ladies)
Kelly Smith (Gloucester-Hartpury Womens RFC)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries)
Lagi Tuima (Bristol Bears Women)
Carys Williams (Loughborough Lightning)