Funding uplift for Paris 2024 preparations

3 Dec 2021

British Swimming welcomes confirmation from UK Sport of its funding allocation to help support preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

On Friday (3rd December), UK Sport confirmed an additional £11.2m of funding into summer Olympic and Paralympic sports ahead of the next Games in two-and-a-half years' time, following the increased Comprehensive Spending Review settlement announced by the Prime Minister in the wake of Tokyo 2020.

For British Swimming, the latest update brings an uplift in funding across swimming, para-swimming and diving from the indicative funding announcement of December 2020, coming on the back of an outstanding set of performances at Olympic, Paralympic and European level in 2021. 

Britain's swimmers secured a record medal haul of eight - including four golds - in the Tokyo pool, our divers matched their best Olympic tally of three medals - featuring Men's 10m Synchro gold for Tom Daley and Matty Lee - while the para-swimming squad notched 26 medals, eight of them gold. 

This investment in athletes across swimming, para-swimming and diving will help them access key competition and training camp opportunities through World Class Programmes. 

Speaking on the latest UK Sport update, British Swimming CEO Jack Buckner said: "We are pleased to have received an uplift in funding across swimming, para-swimming and diving for the next two-and-a-half years into Paris 2024. 

"Our disciplines enjoyed a memorable Olympic and Paralympic summer in Tokyo, including a historic set of results from our swimmers. The valuable Government and National Lottery funding will also help us offer more places for athletes on World Class Programmes.

"We are hugely excited for the future of British Swimming across our disciplines, and this helps give our athletes, coaches and staff the platform to continue making big impacts, in and out of the water." 

Sally Munday, CEO of UK Sport, said: "The collective pride of what our brilliant Olympic and Paralympic athletes achieved in Tokyo this summer still shines brightly. The most exciting element of Tokyo was the breadth of success we saw across both our Olympic and Paralympic teams. 

"To now be in a position to strengthen our investment across so many sports for Paris will undoubtedly help us in our ambition to reach, inspire and unite the nation. 

"Seeing first-hand the way our athletes brought the nation together in Tokyo after such a difficult period was uplifting, whether it be the family and friends of Tom Dean cheering him to gold from Maidenhead or the brilliant story of our Wheelchair Rugby squad winning gold.

"While today’s news is about supporting our summer sports on their journey to Paris, fans have just a few weeks to wait for their next Olympic and Paralympic fix as our winter athletes limber up for what promises to be a thrilling Winter Games in Beijing."