British Wrestling is excited to announce that we have been awarded up to £260,000 by UK Sport as part of the newly announced National Squads Support Fund.
This funding recognises the hard work of staff, volunteers and athletes in delivering a performance programme that built on the successes at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where Home Nation athletes came home with five medals.
British Wrestling will now work closely with UK Sport to develop and refine the performance system with these additional resources.
The National Squads Support Fund is available to summer Olympic and Paralympic sports that did not receive World Class Programme or Progression funding as part of the UK Sport investment process for the build-up to Tokyo and through to Paris 2024 and beyond.
UK Sport state that the National Squads Support Fund will positively contribute to the development of credible national squads, specifically enabling athletes to attend major international championships and access other events that form the critical path to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For wrestling, this means seeing more GBR singlets on the mat at major competitions and giving our talented athletes the opportunity to prepare for those big occasions.
Wrestling is one of eight sports to receive investment bringing the number of sports set to receive funding from the Government and The National Lottery to 51 with 36 on World Class Programme and seven on Progression. The breakdown of investment to the eight sports as part of the National Squads Support Fund is as follows, up to:
Sally Munday, CEO at UK Sport, said: “The National Squads Support Fund is a key part of our new investment approach and demonstrates our commitment to a wider group of sports and athletes in our Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community. We are investing in a longer-term, holistic view of success, powering a broader range of sports, champions and medallists, built on the highest standards of integrity and partnership.
“Thanks to the ongoing support of the Government and The National Lottery, it is really pleasing to be confirming these eight summer Olympic and Paralympic sports set to benefit from the National Squads Support Fund. This is an important contribution for the athletes and sports involved, and we are looking forward to working with these eight sports and watching their progress as a result.”
Craig Anthony, Chief Executive at British Wrestling, said: “British Wrestling is delighted to receive this National Squads Support Funding, which will give us the opportunity to support talented wrestlers to compete on the world stage. These funds will aid the continued growth of our performance programme and give our athletes the experiences they need to develop. Wrestling is an incredibly diverse sport and this funding from UK Sport and the National Lottery will help us in our mission to support wrestlers from all backgrounds to achieve their potential.”