Council makes funding for sport more independent

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FUNDING for sport across Hampshire is set to become more independent.

The county council has agreed to transfer the services it provides and funding it receives for sport and leisure to charitable organisation Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight (SHIOW).

SHIOW is the fourth largest sports partnership in the country and is dedicated to inspiring more people to become active and take up sports across the county.

The council has agreed to still help the organisation with funding, providing a fixed annual grant totalling £446,000 over a three-year period.

In the last two years SHIOW has secured more than £1.4m in external funding and hopes that the partnership with the county council will see new opportunities come up across the area.

Executive member for culture, recreation and countryside at the council, councillor Andrew Gibson has praised SHIOW’s work.

He said: ‘Many people benefit from the diverse range of programmes they offer.’