Q&A on Tower Hamlets Youth Sports Foundation

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Are you taking funding away from the Tower Hamlets Youth Sports Foundation (THYSF)?

THYSF has always been funded by the schools they provide services to.

To be clear, the council has not, nor were we planning to withdraw any funding for THYSF.

Why are they in this position then?

With school budgets being squeezed by Government cuts many schools have chosen to withdraw their funding leaving the THYSF in a difficult financial position.

What have you done to help?

Over the past year we have worked with THYSF to support them financially whilst they tried to develop a sustainable business plan but given their financial problems this has not proved to be possible.

Why don’t you give them the money they need?

We're facing a further £58m of cuts and we just do not have the money to do so without cutting other services.

Are children going to lose out on sports?

We want to make sure all our young people have a wide range of sporting opportunities available to them and we will do all we can to fill any gaps left should THYSF close. This includes making sure that our borough continues to compete in the School Games and London Youth Games.

What will happen next?

The plan is  to offer schools a core package of support should THYSF close, including specialist, cricket, hockey, cycling, football and other sports in conjunction with national sport governing bodies and organisations like Middlesex Cricket, England Hockey and professional football clubs.

Find out more information.

Posted on Wednesday 2nd August 2017