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Sport Development Fund


The concept of the Sport Development Fund (SDF) originated in 2004, during the preparation for the Underwater Hockey World Championships – Sheffield 2006. It was envisaged then that fund raising could be associated with a variety of awareness programmes not just this major competition. The World Championships has now put its surplus back into the SDF. 

SDF Projects

If you'd like to read about some of the projects that have recieved funding - click here
Raising Funds
Funding for UWH in the past has relied on many local initiatives. There is no reason why these should not continue, the Sport Development Fund (SDF) exists to help get some of these projects off the ground and make these ideas work on a national scale, where possible. The key benefit of a national fund is the ability to take a longer term, wider or national view on the development of the sport throughout the UK. The national fund can then be used to supplement the good work by those who are putting in the effort to raise the game. 
An annual national raffle will give every club the opportunity to promote the sport. This will be backed by national sponsors, posters and leaflets. Member clubs can then use this promotion to approach the local community at large and raise awareness of the game, whilst raising money to be invested in local, regional and national initiatives.
Control of Funds

A sub-committee will manage the fund, chaired by the SDO.   The BOA sub-committee will be considering projects, suggestions and proposals put forward by the membership, using the application form, and making their recommendations to the BOA committee. 

Members should refer to the Application Process.

Updated by Phil Lawrence on 27/01/08