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Sport England Chairman has hailed the performance of the Team England athletes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after they produced their best performance ever to finish top of the medal table with a record-haul of medals.
In total, Team England won 174 medals at the Games, including 58 gold medals, to eclipse the previous best of 165 medals, 54 of which were gold, from Manchester 2002.
"Team England’s success in Glasgow was unparalleled and we are delighted that so many athletes achieved their goal of winning medals at the Games,” said Bitel.
"Many of the athletes who won medals in Glasgow had received Commonwealth Games investment from Sport England or had benefitted from Sport England investment in their sport whether it be through funding facilities, the National Governing Body or competing in the Sport England funded School Games.
"We’re very proud to have been able to help so many England medallists on their journey to competition success, and hopefully their performances will inspire more people to get out and give sport a go.”
Between 2011 and 2015, Sport England invested £1.5 million in Commonwealth Games England to support the core staffing infrastructure, functions and activities of the organisation to prepare and manage Team England at Glasgow 2014.
Sport England also supported all of Team England’s athletes by investing £93,000 in a Performance Centre in Glasgow - the ‘Lions Den’ - which provided athletes access to a full range of clinical, conditioning, rehabilitation and preparation services during the Games.
In addition, eight sports also benefitted from nearly £1 million worth of Sport England funding in the build-up to Glasgow 2014.
Athletics, Bowls, Judo, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling were all allocated Sport England Commonwealth Games funding that enabled 91 athletes to access training and preparation programmes with coaches, opportunities to take part in international competitions, and sport science and sport medicine support.
England Netball and Squash’s high performance programmes are funded by Sport England while Team England athletes’ have also benefitted from other Sport England funded programmes, including the Sainsbury’s School Games.
Te School Games is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England, and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.
Sport England have been the primary funder of the School Games since 2012 and 70 athletes who competed at Glasgow 2014 have participated at some point in the event, with 43 medalling.
A further 249 athletes at the Games benefitted from the support of SportsAid, which receives funding from Sport England.
The charity supports the next generation of sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early years of their careers.