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Goalball UK has been awarded £245,000 from UK Sport as part of the National Squads Support Fund.

The National Squads Support Fund has been made available to summer Olympic and Paralympic sports that did not receive World Class Programme or Progression funding as part of UK Sport’s December investment process for the build up to Tokyo and through to Paris 2024 and beyond.

Mark Winder, Goalball UK’s CEO, said: “We are hugely grateful for this contribution from UK Sport. It is testimony to the incredible dedication and talent of the athletes and coaches, as well as the passion of our philanthropic supporters.

“The National Squads Support Fund allows us to continue the progress we have made over the last four years and to continue strengthening our existing high-performance system, which is something we are all extremely proud of.  For the first time, we can advance a programme over the full cycle.

“It remains imperative that we raise additional funds to fulfil our true potential, but it will provide more certainty to both the men’s and women’s Great Britain squads. This is especially important as we embark on our journey to the IBSA World Games in 2023, with the ultimate aim to qualify for Paris 2024.”

To support Goalball UK to help transform the lives of people who are blind and partially sighted through goalball, please visit www.goalballuk.com/donate.