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Prime minister Tony Blair has announced that he has asked the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) and the Departm...
Prime minister Tony Blair has announced that he has asked the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to carry out a joint study examining long-term sports policy.

The team will consider the roles and responsibilities of government, the private and voluntary sectors in helping sport better achieve the goals of increased grassroots participation in sport and elite sporting excellence.

The project team will clarify the roles and responsibilities and interventions of government to help sport better achieve its own objectives.

Announcing the project in response to a parliamentary question, the prime minister said:

'Sport needs more people playing at the grassroots level and more sports men and women excelling on the international stage. Government can help to achieve this.'

'That is why we are taking a long-term strategic view of our priorities for sport, and how they contribute to the delivery of wider objectives such as health, education, crime reduction and social cohesion.'

The government is committed to helping sport, which includes£750m (£581m in England) being invested (via the Lottery's New Opportunities Fund) to create modern high-quality sports facilities in schools, all of which will be available for use by the wider community.

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