New UK sailing base to create jobs while inspiring youngsters

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Posted by APM on 30th Jul 2014

More than 90 jobs will be created as Sir Ben Ainslies Americas Cup sailing team base in Portsmouth received more than 7m of government funding.

The move is the latest piece of substantial government investment into UK sport.

Last month, Portsmouth City Council approved plans to build the new 12m headquarters at Camber Docks and theres hope that the project will create many more jobs in the city in the long-term.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the project would deliver a real sporting and economic boost to the UK, while Sir Ben added that the funding for a British Americas Cup entry would enable the project to push forward as he hopes to create the first British team to win the competition.

The Portsmouth base will be a focal point for the design and construction of the team boats, while also providing sports science and fitness facilities.

Construction work will start immediately with a planned completion date for May 2015.

Sir Ben added: We will inspire more young people to get involved in the sport along with supporting the growth of the marine sector in the Solent area to match the countrys F1 innovation hub.

Sport England, the organisation that decides how to invest government and National Lottery funding to help people across England create a sporting habit for life, will receive 1bn between 2012 and 2017.

Furthermore, 88 projects have received a share of 15m funding to support grassroots sport activity across the country.

All-Aboard! Watersports, a Bristol-based project that hopes to encourage families and older people from disadvantaged areas to try a new sport, is one such project that has benefitted from the funds.

Mayor George Ferguson said: This money is an investment in families and older people for today and the future.

Following on from the mass call-out for more funding to be put into grassroots football after Englands disappointing World Cup campaign, this funding could be a sign of things to come.

Image: "Emirates Team New Zealand at the Louis Vuitton Cup 2013" by Frank Schulenburg - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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