New Performance Programme plans hit Badminton grass roots in England
Badminton England set out new Performance Programme plans that vastly reduce grass roots investment
Badminton England have set out new plans for their Performance Programme in the light of the funding cuts imposed on them by UK Sport.
A whopping 20.6 per cent cut was announced in December after the poor results experienced in the past years.
The knock-on effect means Badminton England has decided that 37 Performance Centres around the country will slowly be cut loose and eventually left to fend for themselves by 2017.
The England Performance Training (EPT) project will continue to be implemented though the two High Performance Centres the EPT was set up to supplement will be abolished.
However, the launch of a new GB Talent Programme will supposedly pick up the slack of identifying young talent from around the country.
The upshot of the cuts is that Badminton England’s net is not being thrown as wide in the search for new candidates to join the National Badminton Centre.
The outlook is bleak for the future of the game as the new Performance Programme plans setting out a “best possible talent pathway” effectively pulls resources out of the grass roots development of the sport.